By: Diane Benjamin
I might have to say this once a week until the election: Do Not Vote for 3 people even though the ballot says 3. You are handing people votes who you really don’t want on the Council. Voting for 1, maybe two, gives them a much better chance of winning since Normal does At-Large elections. The candidates are:
Town of Normal
Three 4-year term positions open
R.C. McBride, Dave Shields, Stan Nord, Kathleen Lorenz, Karyn Smith, Pat Turner, Alex Campbell, Joel Studebaker
Right now I only see one who will represent taxpayers instead of the Town.
Both RC McBride and Kathleen Lorenz were elected in 2015. All of the increases below did not happen before 2015. If either want your vote, ask them why these increases have taken place and how they voted.
Did your income increase at these rates? Was the inflation rate high (No!).
Below is why housing is un-affordable and poverty is increasing. The Town of Normal believes a couple bucks here and there won’t hurt anybody. Basic economics say citizens with less money to spend because of taxes have less money to spend elsewhere. That means less tax money coming in from local businesses and restaurants. It means housing prices fall and rents go up because the taxes are more expensive. Anybody in the ISU economics department want to conduct a class for the Town? (maybe fuzzy math is taught?)
These rate increases should be included in debate questions. The rates in 2015 are no longer on the website for obvious reasons. My story from 2012 has a long history because I copied it from the Town website. That history is no longer available on their website.
Previous rates from a story I did in 2012: https://blnnews.com/2012/05/30/normal-il-what-is-up-with-the-debt/
Current Utility rates: http://www.normal.org/501/Utility-Rates
Current Sales Tax rate: http://www.normal.org/129/Taxes-Fees
None of the rates have been increased in 2019, so these are the increases from the year stated to 2018.
- February 1, 2011 – $5.40 per 1,000 gal, plus $4.55 per month System Maintenance Fee
- Now: $6.44 plus $5.87
7 year Increase of 20% and 29%
- February 1, 2011 – $1.19 per 1,000 gal, plus $2.50 per month System Maintenance Fee
- Now: 2.23 plus 3.25
7 year Increase of 88% and 30%
- October 1, 2009 – $4.60 per month per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit = 3,200 sq. ft. impervious area)
- Now: $4.60
Increase of ZERO!
- February 1, 2011 – $10 per month
- Now: $24
7 year Increase of 140%
Local Sales Tax – 2012:
- Local 1.50%
- Now: 3.50%
6 year Increase of 134%
Property Tax rate Town – From County website
- 2010: 0.782590
- Now: 1.041450
8 year Increase of 33%
Property Tax rate Library – From county website
- 2010: 0.395070
- Now: 0.449620
8 year Increase of 14%