By: Diane Benjamin
Besides the final payments for Koos, Reece, and Aldrich to party in Washington DC at One Voice, questionable frivolous spending is down for Monday’s meeting.
These items are contracted, so Normal can’t say now they made bad decisions:
Why is Normal handing out down payment assistance? Vote buying?
Now this is funny:
PDF page 46
The Town Council just passed a solid waste ordinance with a clause allowing them to make recycling mandatory. This is on the agenda for Monday:
PDF page 52:
The liquidator who bought the Mitsubishi plant is costing the Town money by appealing their property taxes.
Public hearing on the budget – see PDF page 61 and following.
The troubling notes are on PDF page 63:
Cheer this one on page 64:
See more cuts on PDF page 64.
The proposed budget appears to count transfers as revenue. The bond rating agencies won’t like a decrease in reserves.
At least one unit of government put in writing what we already knew: The work force is declining with limited job and wage growth.
Since Bloomington raised garbage rates:
PDF page 72 – Normal will too:
Water rates are going up too:
PDF page 78
We will also be billed monthly instead of every two months.
PDF page 85:
Your new City Manager is going to be paid:
Reece also gets a car or an allowance of $650 a month. (Take the bus? Nope)
Of course, benefits and pension funding is included.
Google average HOUSEHOLD income in Normal Il:
Let them eat cake!