By: Diane Benjamin
I find it hilarious Normal must offer early retirement to employees because Bloomington broke the MetroZone agreement costing them $1.2 million. The total budget is $107,133,177. (Tiny percentage of the total!)
I wonder if the Soccer Complex is now dead?
$1,400,000 was spent on yet another underpass study! Normal should be MUCH more worried about the upcoming debt payments! I wonder if this is why Mark Peterson is bailing? Maybe they can refinance and pay even more interest! https://blnnews.com/2016/10/04/normals-debt-2/
Below is one place Normal can start saving money:
7/17/2017 Page 13: http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2672
Normal (and Bloomington) buy awards for themselves – this one looks like the Budget award. The financial statements have the same award, if I looked I’m sure I could find another $550.00 check to buy that award.
The AUDIT and complying with laws is what matters, what the Government Finance Officers Association thinks is immaterial.
Think waste doesn’t exist?
Tonight’s Bills: http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2724
Normal has a history of giving money to their preferred non-profits. Why are they paying janitorial services for Marc First?
What public benefit is served here? At the last meeting they gave the History Museum $100,000. https://blnnews.com/2017/09/04/normals-funnybusiness-tuesday/
More Softball tournament bills:
That’s in addition to the $104,413 paid at the last meeting. https://blnnews.com/2017/09/04/normals-funnybusiness-tuesday/
This was obviously vital:
A personal favorite:
I wonder how many Normal citizens know they are funding this? No personal dog responsibility required!
If Normal really wanted to save money, they would scrap building a new library:
Another favorite – Normal spent money on resurfacing – $14,784! I wonder how many feet that got. The funds came from the Community Block Grants – Federal Government. Normal also gives grants to home buyers in Normal. Of course, it’s your tax dollars that first went to the Federal Government:
A couple more:
I bet you can find even more: http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2724