By: Diane Benjamin
Somebody at the Pantagraph must read this site because they picked up and expanded the sewer billing fiasco between Bloomington and Normal. They even credited BlnNews for the story! You might want to read the comments: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/documents-bloomington-may-owe-normal-up-to-600-000-in-unremitted-sewer-charges/article_be624fb0-2c5f-50e4-8150-73c1f5824ac8.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1
Link to both stories I wrote: https://blnnews.com/2021/04/21/return-to-civility-by-normal/
What they didn’t cover is:
- Pam Reece and Chris Koos were in government during this entire time. Evidently the “professional staff” isn’t?
- How much more have the citizens of Normal been paying because Normal has no clue who they should be billing?
That last one I can answer!
In 2011 the residents of Normal were paying $1.19 per 100 gallons plus $2.50 a month service maintenance fee.
What are they paying now?
Do the math using their example. In 2011 your bill would have been $8.45 verses $18.30 now.
Did your income more than double since 2011? How much difference would have been made if the money Normal failed to collect since 2012 had been collected? How much interest was forfeited by the failure of the “professional staff” to collect what is due?
One more note: The governor for the State of New York is making $225,000 a year. https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2021/04/20/andrew-cuomo-is-americas-highest-paid-governor-in-history/?sh=75c43a4ae2c5&fbclid=IwAR07xKHPCMym0xhmGFAqYuRb6kgvgKQnUgUz0f3MDFPs1R9S8gq5w9SlUhk
Last year Pam Reece was paid $190,550, with benefits $242,754. https://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/14857/Total-Compensation-Report—Town-of-Normal
Which job do you think is harder? Managing a tiny town where the population is largely college students or a huge population state?
Isn’t Pam due for another raise? Andrew Cuomo declined his.
I wonder if Chris Koos is still not planning on taking his increase?