By: Diane Benjamin
The numbers below are from the Illinois Comptroller’s website: http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/
Normal’s budget has increased 33% in 6 years. 5.5% per year is much higher than the inflation rate. Last year Normal spent almost $36 million more than it did in 2012.
Where is it? Roads?
Population is estimated at 54,264. That spending increase since 2012 amounts to $657 per person.
Every year your property taxes are increased because Normal doesn’t budget pension funding. Even with the tax increases, pension funding isn’t headed in the right direction.
Normal considers itself full-service government. It provides services it wants to provide at the expense of essential services residents expect government to perform. Think all those Uptown and park are free?
The bigger government gets the more of your money it has to take. Expect property taxes to be increased again for the next budget.
The budget Normal just passed is impossible to figure out: It is intentionally written to be vague, that is why the Comptroller’s site in invaluable. Unfortunately, the numbers for the year just ended 3/31/2018 won’t be available for months. Numbers for the current year beginning 4/1/2018 won’t be available for at lease a year and a half.
Current year budget – PDF page 27 shows total expenditures of $127,175,713. http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/13257/2018-2023
I don’t know if that is the number that will eventually appear as the total budget for 2019. It would be nice to see that number going in the right direct!
2017 – $142,035,203
2016 – $128,117,298
2015 – $131,933,626
2014 – $111,312,109
2013 – $110,288,148
2012 – $106,368,128
Fire Pension Percent Funded:
2017 – 55.5%
2016 – 55.0%
2015 – 57.1%
Police Pension Percent Funded:
2017 – 51.8%
2016 – 51.5%
2015 – 55.4%