By: Diane Benjamin
If you watched the video of last Monday’s meeting, you saw Trustees and a mayor trying to silence the new members: Stan Nord and Karyn Smith. Kathleen Lorenz even told them they should sit back and watch how things are done instead of questioning.
Below is “how things are done”. It isn’t pretty!
Stan Nord mentioned at the meeting a property the Town has been paying property taxes on that should have been exempt. https://blnnews.com/2019/06/05/questioning-expenses-in-normal-has-already-saved-money/
Is Normal paying property taxes on more properties that are exempt?
Yes they are!
The Town bought this property at the August 3, 2015 meeting:
Since it is a government building it is tax exempt – if somebody at the Town had bothered to file the proper paperwork!
So how much money did the Town pay in property taxes they didn’t owe? From the County website:
The 2018 payment was just approved Monday night, City Manager Pam Reece should be trying to get it returned! Since the paperwork wasn’t filed to make it exempt, the chances of that are likely ZERO.
This is another $27,602.86 of taxpayer money the Town of Normal has thrown away because:
- Nobody filed the proper paperwork to list the property as exempt
- Nobody noticed before paying the bill (for 3 years) the Town didn’t owe it
What other bills does the Town just pay instead of making sure it’s valid?
Monday night they paid this tax bill they didn’t owe:
Add that to the one above . $11,579.82 tossed out the window in the same meeting.
I wonder if the aggravated Council members will thank Stan Nord at the next meeting?
Electing the right people matters. Congrats Normal, you did. This is only the beginning!
Keep in mind, paying property taxes that aren’t owed started under the last City Manager, Mark Peterson. It is just continuing under Reece.
The running list of dollars saved so far:
From the previous story – $7000
Future property tax payment on this property – $9500
New total $16,500 since the new members were seated around a month ago.