By: Diane Benjamin
Chris Koos recently spoke at a “State of McLean County” event. See the newspaper story HERE
Koos thinks his job is reducing economic inequity, delivering opportunity, social equity and sustainability.
If his claims were true, the Council wouldn’t be set to raise property taxes to fill holes in their budget.
Stealing more money from citizens crushes opportunity and increases housing rent which makes income inequality even worse.
The below is from the BUDGET for the year beginning 4/1/2017.
Note the title: Contract Payments – Developer Rebates. This is how much the Town budgeted for developer kickbacks, but it doesn’t include any new schemes.
Besides that spending, the budget claims Normal has an Economic Development Director on staff: (PDF page 102)
The obvious question is how much does the Econ Director earn?
It must be a secret!
See this link: http://www.normal.org/1080/Annual-Reports
The link recap salaries and benefits paid by Department.
one department is missing!
All the departments are listed except Administration! Why is that? Because it’s scary high numbers?
Normal does have a Master List of all employees: http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7527
The below are from that list, but one is missing: Economic Development Director. That title isn’t listed on the Master List.
This page claims the Admin staff does Economic Development: https://www.normal.org/Directory.aspx?did=18
Maybe that explains why a developer the Town likes to work with got $1,825,000 plus interest for Portillos.
Since Administration was left off the Department List, the below shows what the ones I could find earn in TOTAL compensation. Click each pic to enlarge.
Looks like we know where “economic inequity” originates.