By: Diane Benjamin
The BN Economic Development Council should be using their own tools to improve Bloomington-Normal instead of supporting taxpayer subsidized housing in Normal. A calculator to compare the Cost of Living is right on their website: https://www.bnbiz.org/coli
Did you know the Cost of Living is higher in Bloomington-Normal than other cities? Both Bloomington and Normal justify tax and fee increases by what surrounding cities charge, they are looking at the wrong numbers. The local Cost of Living here is higher than Peoria, Champaign, and Decatur. Springfield is equal.
Enter some information yourself – below these results on the website is a list of reasons why here is more expensive. (housing, healthcare, transportation, etc) Note: Bloomington-Normal has a higher Cost of Living than the National Average in 3 of the 4 categories listed!
Unit 5 wants a tax increase and Normal will want to raise water rates. It will only get worse.