By: Diane Benjamin
Tuesday night the Normal Council will accept the audited financial statements. Once again, required disclosures are not included See page 82: http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2708.
The Government Accounting Standards Board issued a statement in June of 2015 requiring the disclosure of future liabilities for post-employment benefits (healthcare). Since the financial statements being released are as of March 31, 2017, the Town has had plenty of time to comply. The library failed to report the same future liabilities. See page 89.
The auditors also reported the Town spent almost $700,000 that wasn’t budgeted. See page 83.
Jump to page 108. The Town is going to spend $20,000 with a search firm to find a new City Manager. Mark Peterson got the job because he was the Assistant City Manager. Does the current Assistant want the job – Pamela Reece? If she wasn’t capable she should have been fired a long time ago. Is the Town being sexist and misogynistic? Is the Council going to ask?
Page 122 – A report will be given on the financial trends. I keep hearing that both city mayors were told State Farm will be laying people off. Evidently that is supposed to be a secret, it doesn’t appear to be included – but then the packet has few details.
More Town of Normal spending – Page 10: http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2708 (click to enlarge)
Consultants must be hired because Normal doesn’t have a vision:
Normal hands out your money to their preferred non-profit:
Government buying things to give away, part of their “full service”:
Holding tournaments is expensive, too bad taxpayers will never know if they got their money back: