By: Diane Benjamin
The sales tax plan for the Fiala brothers created some havoc for some of the Trustees. The citizens of Normal are really tired of the Town’s giveaways, especially to their “friends”.
The citizens remember all the properties given away to create Uptown. Nobody would have built there without them. The citizens see the massive debt their grandkids will be paying off, if they don’t flee Illinois.
The citizens remember the Terri Ryburn $120 a year lease. The citizens remember Koos attempting to sneak a $100 a month lease by the Council for property owned by the taxpayers. The citizens remember Wild Country isn’t paying any rent. The citizens remember the Town paying property taxes they didn’t owe. The citizens remember how you treat the guy (Stan Nord) who pointed that out and only wants a plan to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
This list is practically endless.
Naturally the citizens are suspicious of EVERY deal now. Too bad mayor, you created this atmosphere. The compliant members of the Council are just as guilty. Are you going to raise property taxes again because you can’t budget for pensions?
More emails received by FOIA:
Koos thinks citizens questioning Town policies are Trump’s fault!
Let’s get a couple of facts straight:
Portillos and the Fiala deal aren’t close to being the same. The Town claimed Portillos was going to be a destination, the “professional staff” didn’t realize Champaign and Peoria both got one without paying a dime. Portillos here didn’t get money, another government “friend” did – Bloomington Landmark Development. https://blnnews.com/2016/12/02/portillo-town-monday-night/
The Town handed over $1,825,000 just to get a hotel torn down. Portillos could have picked their own spot, we don’t know how much the developer made. Worse, receipts from Portillos were supposed to pay off the developer. Instead, the Town wrote them a check, supposedly to save on the 8% interest. https://blnnews.com/2018/03/16/hum-uptown-circle/
The developer just happens to be the same one that did 1 Uptown Circle who still hasn’t rented the first floor and is collecting more than $35,000 rent every month from taxpayers for an entire floor. Trump has nothing to do with citizen outrage Chris!
Hiring a propaganda manager won’t help change the facts.
The problem with the Fiala brothers handout is the Town is subsidizing a business that will complete with other businesses. That is called “picking winners and losers”. Pam, how much of those customer generated taxes are being diverted from other businesses? How much from Bloomington? Pretending it is all “new” money belies common sense.
I don’t know all the facts because I wasn’t following Normal closely then. I do know the Normal taxpayers paid $67,000 to CIRBN to run internet to the new facility. https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/cirbn-to-extend-internet-service-toward-destihl-site/article_4681457a-df2d-5b6f-81de-33d0119fc8b0.html
Likely Mark Peterson was on the CIRBN Board then, Pam Reece is now. More picking who wins while taxpayers get the bill! Oops, the free market usurped again.
Koos spilled the beans in his email. Just like Bloomington, he believes “Quality of Life” will attract and maintain talent.
The taxpayers forced to pay for his folly are immaterial.
Their “quality of life” decreases with every tax and fee increase.
Double down Chris, you will lose the argument.
(Readers: Feel free to add to the list of why Koos will lose)