By: Diane Benjamin
The semi-annual Cost of Living raises for employees are being delayed until April. (After the election?)
Have they ever gotten a COST of Living decrease?
The other big one is adding another $.04 gas tax. The minutes on PDF page 9 don’t adequately reflect the discussion that happened during the September 8th Work session. See that video in this story: https://blnnews.com/2020/09/09/stealing-more-from-you-the-town-of-normal/
Go to 33:00 in the video. Chemberly Cummings wants to give more money to Connect Transit so they can get more from the State. She wants you to pay more so she can redistribute it to the local black hole of transportation.
Summary: You get to pay more so Connect Transit’s extremely heavy electric buses can destroy the infrastructure you get to pay to fix.
Quote from PDF page 69:
Communities pay motor fuel tax for the privilege of operating motor vehicles on public highways, roads and bridges.
Just a few years ago there were ZERO Local Motor Fuel Taxes. Both Bloomington and Normal funded essential services – like roads – from General Fund taxes you already paid. Now you have to pay for the “privilege”.
Bottom of PDF page 69 quote:
Town of Normal residents have repeatedly expressed a desire for improved roads and sidewalks.
It doesn’t say Town of Normal residents have repeatedly expresses a desire to give Connect Transit more money!
Below is part of the actual ordinance from PDF pages 71-72:
Is Connect Transit infrastructure?
Connect doesn’t pay local motor fuel taxes on electricity. Where do they pay for the “privilege” of using the roads?
Evidently only serfs have pay for privileges.