By: Diane Benjamin
Stan Nord was on Cities 92.9 this morning talking about Mayor Chris Koos attempting to silence him Monday night. Listen at the top of the 8:00 hour: https://www.cities929.com/scott-robbins/
It wouldn’t be possible to locate all of the taxpayer fleeces I’ve written about under Chris Koos, but here’s a few:
Normal lost $330,000 on purpose: https://blnnews.com/2020/02/26/why-normal-needs-fundamental-transformation/
Normal’s tax and fee history – from 2019: https://blnnews.com/2019/11/04/normals-tax-and-fee-history-comprehensive/
Koos became mayor in 2003, below are updated numbers.
Water rate was: $3.09/1000 gallons
Water rate now: $6.11 PLUS $6.70/1000 gallons
Sewer rate was: $.89/1000 gallons
Sewer rate now: $3.75 PLUS $2.65/1000 gallons
Storm water – hasn’t changed since 2009, data before them isn’t available.
Garbage in 2011 was $10 a month, data before then isn’t available
Garbage now: $30 a month
Property tax rate – Town of Normal 2003: 0.839870
Property tax rate – Normal Library 2003: .347620
Property tax rate – Town 2019: 1.032630
Property tax rate – Library 2019: 0.436480
Property taxes just from Normal have increases 23.5% in 16 years. Growth should have prevented a lot of these increases as more properties pay property taxes. Meanwhile, pension funding was below 50% for police and fire as of 3/31/2020 . (Police 43.1%, Fire 47.2%)
Who can forget the debt!
Normal can’t afford 4 more years of Koos, McCarthy, Preston, and Cummings.
Vote Marc Tiritilli for mayor
Trustees: Harsh, Blumenshine, and Sila
I’ve never talked to Donna Toney, but she is also an option.