By: Diane Benjamin
Keep in mind many of Normal’s professional staff don’t live in Normal: https://blnnews.com/2020/12/14/guess-where-town-of-normal-employees-dont-live/
They have no reason to keep taxes low, make the roads drivable, or the water drinkable.
The Council will be meeting at 5:15 to hear the status of the underpass project. Public opinion is immaterial. The fanciest properties will be owned by government. Of course that means the elitists have their own agenda and don’t deserve the title “public servant”. The only people being served are their fellow utopians who consider themselves visionaries.
5:15 Agenda: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3989
The regular meeting is at 7:00, why the professional staff need so much time for an underpass update will only be revealed during the 5:15 meeting. I wonder if they “found” the rest of the money and construction is imminent! Planning is likely already happening for a new police station and library, the current buildings aren’t shiny enough for Uptown.
You can see the 7:00 agenda here: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3988
From now on I am not going to comment on the agenda before the meeting. The next day I will reveal how your pockets got picked yet again.
I will only tell you about other items the Council can’t discuss as ruled by his royal highness Koos:
104 North is where Dan Brady and Rodney Davis have an office for $1 per year. Taxpayers are losing $8126.44 in 2021.
The Town is renting 102 North to Dan Brady for his campaign office and should be paying taxes on that property. Once again they aren’t.
100-104 E Beaufort is part of Trail East, evidently building isn’t proceeding yet.
305 Pine is Sprague’s gas station that the Town rents for $120 a year. The lessee should be paying the taxes but Koos buddies aren’t required to follow the law. Add another $4116.06 to the citizens loss.
Of course the Council demand to end the 1 Uptown Circle lease has been ignored. Close to $36,000 a month has been thrown away for an entire floor on because Koos wanted a hole filled. Citizens get the bill for the fancy digs. Add another $432,000. The first floor is still not generating a dime.
Charging citizens for Uptown entertainment is back as well as staff travel. Covid restrictions? Only for the Council who is still on Zoom:
Fireworks will be back, hopefully not on Zoom:
The semi annual interest payment are included. Open door – toss money – utopia is so close:
Only $1.5 million+.
No big deal since Uptown is generating so much money. (grants, government buildings, subsidized construction, etc).