By: Diane Benjamin
Anybody see an agenda posted for yesterday’s meeting?
According to the dead tree the Normal Town Council held a budget workshop yesterday. In the TWO stories they did, 5 of the 7 Council members are mentioned. Five is more than half, meaning it was a meeting. Open Meetings Act violation #6345. (actually I lost track)
Maybe they didn’t want you to know they are now poor. After all they had plenty of money to pay off the Portillos developer: $1.7 million. Employees got an $8,200 Christmas Party, and $25,000 in gift cards. Almost $170,000 has been spent getting ready to apply for a Tiger grant, and checks for more than $434,000 were written to MCP Uptown Owner. Don’t forget the $460,000 on a Route 66 museum/gift shop that’s closed for the winter.
The list is endless, but your property taxes were just raised. Your sewer rates will more than double in the next five years, and by 2021 garbage service will cost your $32.00 a month!
RC McBride doesn’t think the Town should be giving you subsidies! (they are reserved for developers!)
I found this story from 2016: https://blnnews.com/2016/09/26/normals-3-year-tax-history/
It shows how much the City collected as of March 31 in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Of course, increases are never enough.
It get better! See this story from 2012: https://blnnews.com/2012/05/30/normal-il-what-is-up-with-the-debt/
Garbage service in 2011 was $10 a month.
So, in 10 years the Town thinks they have a right to raise your rate more than 300%.
Just keeping up with inflation!
I only report – you elected them.