The budget was posted hours after this story: Normal’s budget just got posted
By: Diane Benjamin
Citizens get a whole 5 minutes to comment on the proposed budget!
The budget is not on-line!
This is the notice:
If you want to see how Normal is going to spend your money, you have to view the budget at the library or the Clerk’s office. A lot of people would take the time to scan through it on-line. Purposely it is not on-line. This means the Town of Normal does not want you to know what is in it.
This is OLD information: https://normal.org/127/Budget
According to Fuhrer Koos, spending approved at Council meetings can not be discussed by the Trustees because all spending is pre-approved in the budget.
Trustees who vote to approve the budget on Monday will prove they don’t care if you know what they are voting on.
The new fiscal year doesn’t start until April 1st. The vote should be tabled until the budget is on line and citizens have the ability to review it.
How much spending for Uptown 2.0 is included? Is more borrowing included? Are more property purchases included? Are more tax increases included?
General information will be distributed to the media. The media will dutifully report only what they are told.
Bloomington has been transparent on the budget they are proposing. Normal is obviously hiding information.
If this doesn’t tell you Normal despises your opinion, don’t forget their still illegal public comment policy.
Stay tuned for what they are paying at this meeting! Hint: Is Koos retiring?