By: Diane Benjamin
At Tuesday’s Normal Town Council meeting Kathleen Lorenz asked why the Intergovernmental Agreement with Connect Transit says both Bloomington and Normal are required to review the CT budget yearly. They never do, but it is in the agreement.
Kathleen: Maybe because CT loses $1 MILLION a month and local taxes were raised to flush more money. Now CT wants even more so they can qualify for more state funds. Maybe because the citizens see the huge empty buses and wonder why anyone would support them.
Is Kathleen trying to get people used to the idea of having no CT oversight? Maybe she is tired of being blamed for funding CT and prefers Connect Transit adds to the already way-to-many separate taxing bodies in Illinois. Want to see yet another line on your property tax bill for a service you never use?
Many bus systems are their own taxing authority. I’m sure Connect Transit would love to level taxes on Bloomington-Normal and have no oversight by either Council. Of course Bloomington and Normal won’t be dropping their sales tax rate if they no longer have to fork money over to Connect. Neither can give up money when Normal needs an underpass and Bloomington thinks downtown will someday be the City Center (if they spend enough money).
See Lorenz at 3:04:30, then ask her why she doesn’t want to be accountable to the people she is stealing money from for Connect Transit.