By: Diane Benjamin
A couple more notes about the retirement present for Jeff Fritzen:
This purchase violates the Town purchasing policy: https://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/12829/2017-Purchasing-Policy-Manual-x?bidId=
Under Ethics: PDF page 4
and page 5:
Fritzen was paid $4800 a year as Trustee. That gift was close to a 10% bonus:
PDF page 44
The Town is paying for a tree audit – $41,978. A $15,000 grant was obtain for the State of Illinois to offset part of the cost. Since software is involved there are future costs. That $15,000 is also tax money. Why does the Town need to inventory trees? This program merely increases the size and scope of government.
Instead of mapping them on a computer, somebody should be taking care of the ones they plant: https://blnnews.com/2019/08/22/the-dead-tree-chronicles-continues/
PDF page 79
The Town is buying 70 Electric Golf Carts and trading in ones purchased in 2013. $224,840
PDF page 113
The Town knows how to make money renting a small patch for a cell tower, buildings not so much (history):
PDF page 142:
The Town plans to pass the budget citizens have only had a few days to review. It should be tabled until the next meeting.
PDF page 151:
Congrats – your Water Rates are going up 2%:
PDF page 154
Redistributing your money:
An Ordinance Establishing a Mortgage Credit Certificate Program using Sand Creek Capital (dba Monarch Mortgage Management) as Program Administrator
Modest staff time would be required to support Monarch Mortgage Management during implementation of the program. The Town may also incur modest expenses associated with marketing the program.
Monarch Mortgage Management will then coordinate the mortgage credit certificate component which provides home buyers with a federal income tax credit, currently up to $2,000 per year for the life of the home loan.
Sounds like a socialist program to me. Remember when people saved money for a house, bought what they could afford, and didn’t expect government to pay their expenses?
See PDF page 168
The income and purchase limits for McLean County are ridiculous: