By: Diane Benjamin
The Town of Normal (taxpayers) own the vehicle Chris Koos drives:
Taxpayers also pay for the plates which could have been GOV plates for much less:
I am told Koos has Mayor vanity plates instead of government plates.
Use of a taxpayer owned vehicle amounts to additional compensation. So how much is he paying for use of the vehicle?
In 2020, $45.00 a month for a total of $540.
The vehicle is a 2012, without more FOIA requests I don’t know if the amount has always been $45 a month or if it’s less now. He is also paying $45.00 a month this year.
Without another FOIA I have no idea how much the Town pays for insurance too.
Without another FOIA I have no idea how much maintenance costs are: tires etc.
Is the Town still paying Jefferson Leasing? They are still listed as a lienholder on the title.
Since it’s an EV and the Town has free charging stations, taxpayers are also funding his “fuel”.
Obviously this is a perk Chris Koos gets from taxpayers. If he loses the April 6th election he will lose his perk. If he wins he will likely be driving a Rivian.
One more point:
Koos understands cheap transportation for himself. Connect Transit doesn’t. Koos’ handpicked Town of Normal representatives on the Connect Transit Board should model Koos instead of what they are doing now.
Do Normal taxpayers know they have been paying for EV electricity since at least 2013?