By: Diane Benjamin
If you don’t like the direction Normal is taking change the people taking it there.
RC Bride seems to be touting Normal’s AAA credit rating as one of the reasons he should be reelected. He doesn’t say Normal has that credit rating because they aren’t afraid to pass tax increases. If you look at RC’s campaign Facebook page, he has virtually every big spender endorsing him. Nobody mentions he is part of the media and therefore makes sure the Town of Normal isn’t subjected to investigative scrutiny.
Kathleen Lorenz is another incumbent running for reelection. She must think as long as the bills get paid everything is fine. Debt was a big issue in the last election. From her campaign page: https://friendsofkathleenlorenz.com/Issues.html
Here’s the problem: how much money is being thrown away on interest? Last December they paid more than $2 million just for interest:
That is $2 million that didn’t go to reduce the debt! That is $2 million that couldn’t be spent to fix the roads.
Is merely able to “make the payments” how you handle your finances?
Lorenz’s statement also doesn’t say if the debt payments start inching up to the magic 10% number, all they have to do is increase General Fund revenues! Bloomington passes a gas tax increase, Normal will too. General Fund Revenues increase – their debt payments look even better.
These two incumbents think as long as the bills can be paid nothing else matters. They are gambling with your money. Uptown 2.0 is still in the Master Plan. The Town is still attempting to get taxpayers across the country to fund their underpass (Federal Grant). A new library isn’t off the table. Since Dave Shields was Koos’s campaign manager, he’s on the same track.
Normal is much more than Uptown. Both incumbents love to say Normal is a vibrant town. All those “free” events Normal offers are never free. What they are actually doing is entertaining people who don’t live in Normal and billing their own taxpayers.
This Saturday there is an Open House for Trustee candidates Stan Nord and Karyn Smith. The Stimpert’s are hosting it from 9:30 to 11 at 5 Crestwood Ct in Normal. Stop by and meet them!
(If this meeting lasts 10 minutes it would be a surprise)
Some interesting payments for tonight’s meeting:
Sumek is telling Normal what to do from FLORIDA. He has advised them many times. Staff can’t plan for themselves?
Normal Professional Baseball doesn’t exist:
One month rent:
More gift cards!
Will RC McBride recuse himself? Likely. Why does Normal have an annual contract with them? It has something to do with Parks and Rec.