By: Diane Benjamin
It is very easy to describe government in Normal:
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
Hotel occupancy in Bloomington-Normal is way down, according to the manager of the DoubleTree who spoke during public comment in Normal Monday night. He was in favor of taxing the few short-term rental competitors. Marc Tiritilli spoke in opposition to the short-term occupancy tax. Marc claimed the ordinance wasn’t written by Town staff, it was written by a national hotel association. He went on to claim parts will cause problems in the future. Of course the Council passed it unanimously anyway. One even mentioned they may have to revisit the issue later in the interest of public safety.
Playing mommy and daddy to citizens is always the goal. These websites police themselves through reviews by guests. Results are posted for the entire world to see. Bad reviews will get homeowners kicked off sites like Airbnb. The Town called the 6% tax: Privileged Tax.
The Town of Normal is giving you the “privilege” to use your own property. Watching the State of Illinois self destruct because of taxes and regulations, one would think local government – closest to the people – would see the boot of state policies destroying prosperity. Instead, the Normal Town Council bowed to big business by assisting them to squash almost non-existence competition. The Town staff will now troll short-term rental sites for local violators.
We knew occupancy rates at local hotels was down, at least now it’s been publicly stated. No wonder Tari Renner hasn’t mentioned a downtown Bloomington hotel recently. Tari is counting on a bus transfer station creating downtown traffic. It will, the people just won’t have any money to spend there though.
Normal also decided anyone under 21 can’t buy tobacco products. A student from ISU spoke in support of the ordinance. ISU has taught her well. Socialists always demand government do something. She pleaded with the Town to limit personal freedom and responsibility. She won. 18 year-olds are granted lots of rights and responsibility. They can buy property, sign contracts, serve in the military, get married – but they can’t smoke. I wonder if the same girl is lobbying Illinois to legalize marijuana.
Bloomington will likely pass both soon. Protect and Serve isn’t the police motto, government wants to protect you from everything they don’t. Personal responsibility isn’t required.
Marc Tiritlli was eloquent as usual, just hit play to hear what Normal could have been with 12 more votes. The guy from the Doubletree follows. The ISU student was before Marc.