By: Diane Benjamin
At last Monday’s meeting of the Normal Town Council Chris Koos tried to justify the Town buying a bike from his business to present to retiring Trustee Jeff Fritzen. The bike was in addition to the lavish party the Town threw for him. https://blnnews.com/2020/03/03/more-on-fritzens-retirement/
Koos claimed he sold the bike to the Town at his cost. He probably did, here’s the invoice: Vitesse FOIA
Note: The Town didn’t pay Sales Tax! Since the bike wasn’t for Town use, it’s taxable.
Chris Koos fails to understand the problem. Every dime the Town of Normal spends came from somebody who worked for it. Normal doesn’t produce income, the Town uses other people’s money and acts like they are entitled to flutter it away on fancy parties for a guy who also didn’t understand the money doesn’t belong to the Town.
Elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers. The bike is just more proof Normal leadership does not care how many hours citizens had to toil to pay the bills – they party on and make sure you don’t get an invite. They actually call tax and fee increases being fiscally responsible.
The mayor also “forgot” to submit the bill for payment for almost a year.
Add that blunder to his attempt at leasing the Linden Street property for $100 a month and all the other below market rate leases for his buddies, and it paint a mosaic of a Town who doesn’t know who they work for.
Imagine now the party Koos is planning for himself when he leaves. Will the Town commission a life-size statue of him for the Circle? It needs to face the still empty space at 1 Uptown Circle.
Are the Trustees who attended Fritzen’s party embarrassed they participated in the fleece of taxpayers? Sadly they likely believe he deserved it. Fritzen probably thinks he did too. He served voluntarily as a Trustee. He ran for office numerous times because he wanted to.
Thinking Fritzen deserved more than an open house is why Normal has numerous bonds they only pay interest on. Even worse, they aren’t done putting you in more debt.
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