By: Diane Benjamin
The Town is holding a meeting tonight. Below are a few expenses:
Who gets these?
Why is taxpayer money used to sponsor anything? Why is government picking winners and losers by sponsoring who they choose?
The financial statements from March 31, 2019 are likely done, the auditor is being paid:
Starting on PDF page 78 is a summary of revenue and expenses. All 5 of Normal’s TIF funds appear to have under-performed expectations:
How bad would the Uptown TIF look if Normal wasn’t throwing $35,000+ a month at 1 Uptown Circle in rent? Actually the building wouldn’t be there. It was only built because Normal agreed to this outrageous lease of an entire floor.
The first floor is still generating no income. How long will the Council tolerate that? Have they bothered to read the agreement with the developer?
Connect Transit is back again!
WGLT’s Mike McCurdy and Connect Transit Board chair had his own media do a story claiming Connect had huge gains in ridership: https://www.wglt.org/post/connect-transit-closes-year-ridership-gains?fbclid=IwAR11MX3EHGM9irM-PWy2zgCGPcPLJw-o2Bf_5RxkFv04NxCaHgimKsNh1Ng#stream/0
The CT fiscal year starts in July and ends June 30th. We know the ridership numbers are fictitious because transfer riders are counted as more than one ride. Connect either can’t or won’t come up with the real number of riders.
Want proof Connect makes up their own numbers?
Look at the first graph. Hover over July on the far left side. Connect is reporting July ridership at 146,890. June was only 143,713.
July isn’t even half over!
Where did the July number come from? Guessing? Is that an actual number to date for July – unlikely since riders would have suddenly doubled!
Connect wants us to believe they had 2,446,527 riders last year. Maybe people are laying down in the seats asleep. We see the empty buses.
See PDF page 100 of the agenda. The Council will be asked to approve a resolution supporting the Working Group.
As reported a couple weeks ago, Connect is collecting bids for huge electric buses: https://blnnews.com/2019/07/06/abandon-ship-abandon-ship-i-mean-the-bus/
The working group was formed to placate citizens that aren’t being served by Connect Transit. The resolution wasn’t included in the on-line packet. A note claims it will be released separately. Evidently it’s a secret to us little people.
How can ANY numbers Connect Transit provides be trusted? Why would the Council approve a resolution when it’s obviously the working group will be ignored?