By: Diane Benjamin
Monday night the Normal Town Council will vote to themselves raises. They won’t take effect until May 1st. Anybody not up for election will be voting for themselves if they win reelection in two years, which is silly to pay at different rates. Those elected in April get the raise. Even weirder, the mayor’s raise won’t take effect until May 1, 2021. Why they are voting on it now is a mystery.
This is like taking a job knowing the salary and then demanding more. The only difference is nobody is going to say you don’t deserve it or we can’t afford it. They can just steal more from you.
It isn’t a cost of living raise. For the mayor it proves he doesn’t consider his role as part-time. Under the City Manager form of government the Council employs the City Manager to run the town. Koos evidently thinks he runs it.
The documentation claims in 2005 the Council salaries went from $4200 a year to $4800. Monday they will increase to $6800 because of “growing demands on their time”. Saying yes to everything takes a lot of time.
The mayor is much worse. In 2009 his salary went from $10,000 to $18,000. Monday it goes to $32,000! Staff thinks that is in line with mayors of other communities. Bloomington must not consider their Council and mayor employees, because they have not been reflected on the total compensation report for years. I wonder if they get W-2’s?
From memory, Renner makes $12,000 a year the Council about $4500. Is Koos comparing his salary to other City Manager communities or just changing the form of government without a referendum? Are the “demands” on Koos’s time mandatory or self-inflicted?
If Chris Koos thinks he runs the Town, how much is Pam Reeces’s salary getting cut? Didn’t Koos just get some free trips? The latest to California with Rivian? Is his bike shop failing or is he setting up the next mayor for when he quits?
Maybe Koos is trying to find a tenant for 1 Uptown Circle himself since the developer has failed.