By: Diane Benjamin
This WGLT article is pretty accurate in describing the contentious all day Council meeting Friday.
The bottom line is the elites on the Council don’t appreciate Stan Nord and Karyn Smith actually doing what they campaigned to do!
Isn’t that what voters expect politicians to do?
(How many actually do?)
The chart below shows the tax history for the Town of Normal. Note: A house valued at $160,000 in 2002 is probably valued much higher now. This means the property taxes paid just to the Town will probably show a much higher increase over the years.
Increasing home values is how government should gauge spending. If citizens are better off government will naturally be better off. The rate should stay level – government still will get more money through rising property values without ever raising the rate.
The reverse is also true. Many local homes have lost value, Unit 5 admitted that when they did their levy. Instead of cuts to spending, government just raises rates to get what they want. That is THEFT. PDF page 52 claims the assessed value increased 1.25% which means the Town will already be collecting more before the tax increase.
This chart is on PDF page 52 – the Town is only going to raise $641,801. That is pocket change that could easily be saved in other areas.
Citizens can either take this abuse and pay up or show up Monday night. Make them look you in the face before they vote!
A few easy places to save – from Monday’s packet:
This is half of the cost so Koos and Cummings could ride in the ISU parade:
Daring Diversity didn’t:
What is this?
Travel that citizens never get a report on: