By: Diane Benjamin
The two items below are on the agenda.
The documentation claims the Illinois Arts Station has purchased these properties to be used for non-profit art and education center.
That means everyone else will pay more in property taxes because these three no longer will be paying. Get ready for your property taxes to increase again, those pensions need money and there will be fewer properties paying in!
I’ve written about 101 E Vernon before. John Freese was paying property taxes on a total value of around $166,000. He sold this property in June to ATG TRUST COMPANY for $375,000.
Is the Township Assessor this far off with every property?
The other properties on Linden are similar, also sold to a Trust. Both sold for around a third more than they were assessed.
The only question now is whether taxpayers will get stuck paying for maintenance. How much “art” should taxpayers be subsidizing? They already fund a cultural arts department that includes the theater. Then there is the art location under the parking garage ISU is paying zero for, they also have a location at the airport. Taxpayers are treated as piggy banks, not citizens.
See PDF page 8-10. The Town issued a TON of after-school refunds.
$500 for a banquet when the Council can’t meet in person? Were tickets purchased for the entire Council? If more than 2 attend, why isn’t that an OMA violation? The Trustees couldn’t LISTEN to the citizens at One Normal Plaza but they can LISTEN at a banquet?
This monthly fleece continues: (shhhh – we aren’t suppose to talk about it or the still empty first floor)
Spending money just to borrow money:
This purchase was approved in March:
See PDF page 65
The police are getting a new contract that includes wage increases. I wonder if they will now be allowed to do their job instead of watching looters destroy their vehicles?