By: Diane Benjamin
Illinois is in a death spiral and now it’s local. Every level of government refuses to live within their means and adjust to changing conditions. They think they can pick your pocket whenever they want.
Central Illinois Regional Airport is the latest.
CIRA has found a state legislator in Bellville to sponsor a bill which expands CIRA’s taxing authority. They want to tax the entire County instead of just Bloomington-Normal.
Chris Koos is all for it. this is a quote from him to one of the County mayors:
I understand your concern for your citizen’s tax burden, but I take serious exception to the notion that this is an” overreaching and unprecedented attempt to snow the tax payers outside of Bloomington-Normal. CIRA serves McLean County and the region, as you stated. Let’s all work to preserve the viability of this community asset.
Koos must not realize Peoria flies to many more locations and also has free parking. Peoria can land planes in the fog instead of diverting paying customers to Peoria and stranding them there. CIRA is not a community asset that ever should have been built.
I’d love to know how many passengers went through CIRA last year, but their website still shows 2016 numbers: http://cira.com/about-the-airport/airport-statistics/
Maybe CIRA shouldn’t have let State Farm get by with lower property taxes, I thought the airport was built for them – and then the rest of the local peons!
I wonder if State Farm wants even more off their bill now:
Dan Brady sits on the committee that will decide to move a bill forward allowing CIRA to tax the County. He is against CIRA’s plan or he would have brought the bill forward.
According to CIRA’s December 2017 minutes, they don’t need the money: http://cira.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/January-9-2018-Minutes.pdf
The small town mayors want resolutions passed in their towns against CIRA’s expanded tax. They will then be given to Dan Brady.
Unless the County wants to decline even faster, I suggest all the small towns and villages get to it fast.
Taxes never create prosperity, they destroy it.