By: Diane Benjamin
Remember the property taxes Normal paid Monday night that Pam Reece, Brian Day, and Chris Koos couldn’t explain – or didn’t want to? https://blnnews.com/2020/06/12/more-property-taxes-normal-doesnt-owe/
The parking lot at 100-104 Beaufort is part of the Trail East project. From the Trail East documentation:
A link to the above is not included on purpose, there will be another story on Trail East with links.
A couple things about the above:
- The Town knew they shouldn’t have been paying property taxes on these parcels but have been paying them for years anyway
- Town attorney Brian Day dodged questions from Stan Nord about the property taxes on 2 parcels in One Normal Plaza. The above states properties publicly owned are tax exempt. Normal pays property taxes on them anyway.
These people negotiate deals that cost taxpayers 10’s of millions of dollars but can’t file the proper paperwork to exempt property the Town owns from property taxes?
How much faith do you have in their ability to negotiate multi-million dollar deals favorable to taxpayers? Would anybody build in Uptown without free land, TIF subsidies, and Sales Tax rebates?
Is forcing development with subsidies good for taxpayers? As of 3/31/2019 the Town had debt of $88,090,580, only $1,732,706 was retired. We won’t know the 3/31/2020 numbers for months yet. Keep in mind the Town is only paying interest on many bonds.
Understand Limited Government yet?
They made a plan and then work the plan. Taxpayers get the bills.