Normal’s bankruptcy

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

Page 5:  http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/11571

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
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Comments

  1. I found this in the minutes of the last meeting.

    RESOLUTION ACCEPTING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PROPOSAL FROM
    GOVHR USA TO ASSIST THE TOWN COUNCIL IN THE RECRUITMENT AND
    SELECTION OF A CITY MANAGER AND TO APPROVE A GENERAL FUND
    BUDGET ADJUSTMENT FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT

    No information about cost? No information about length of services? No information except that it was passed.

    NO public comment. I’m wondering if this was on the agenda posted for this meeting.
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  2. $1.875 million in corporate welfare for Portillo’s. Good decision, King Koos.

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  3. Portillo’s likely owns the developer, or at least a share. The chains all have their in-house construction, so everything looks the same everywhere. Remember when villages, towns, and cities in American were each unique based on a local characteristic?

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  4. debbie jeakins says:

    the janitorial service for Marc is because the idiots at City Hall Normal did not tell the contractors at portobellos that there was a sewer line. Marc was flooded with sewer. Just goes to show how stupid gov really is.

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    • long sigh, but yes, their utter stupidity never ceases to amaze me. I am reminded of the Peter Principle, I believe most of them have now risen to their level of incompetence, and yet, they stay. Send In The Clowns also comes to mind…

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  5. debbie jeakins says:

    Are the poop bags for the Dog Park are the crap at city hall?

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