By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington, Normal, and the County have been handing out your tax dollars to unaccountable agencies who claim they promote economic development and business retention.
Peoria has their own version: http://greaterpeoriaedc.org/
When Logan County de-funded local economic development they kept this group. https://blnnews.com/2017/11/22/de-funding-economic-development-2/
When I first looked at their website I found minutes of meetings and agendas. I don’t see them there now, maybe because of a FOIA request I sent them:
No, I did not receive an answer.
1) I didn’t even receive the courtesy of a response
2) Minutes and agendas are no longer on the website (unless they are hidden somewhere)
Just these two items prove the tax dollars they receive aren’t being spent in a transparent way. Their website is full of glory stories with no proof. It’s the same in Peoria as it is here for the Economic Development Council (EDC) and BN Advantage.
Your money is going to pay people’s salaries. These same people acquire Federal and State grant money for projects THEY want – also your tax money.
The Greater Peoria EDC has a page wanting investors and sponsors: http://greaterpeoriaedc.org/about/teamgp/invest/
I have no problem with economic development promotion that does not use ANY tax dollars. Area cities could save a ton of money by ending funding and leaving development to the private sector.
Paying people with tax dollars means the private sector gets cut out of the process unless they kneel before unaccountable councils. Unless the object is to destroy capitalism, tax dollars are being thrown away.
If the goal is destroying capitalism, what do they want instead?