By: Diane Benjamin
Remember when Pam Reece claimed buying these vehicles was not in the 5 year budget? Ha Ha.
Remember the Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Fund where they stockpile your money so they can pay cash?
Remember when they decided to LEASE 30 vehicles instead of paying cash? https://blnnews.com/2021/12/06/normal-truth-in-taxation-is-mia/
Remember when Normal financed a fire truck instead of paying cash? https://blnnews.com/2021/08/02/normal-bait-and-switch/
Reece is going to use in the Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Fund to buy them! Lease and finance what the fund was suppose to pay for so Pam can buy these with cash!
How much will they cost?
We don’t know because the cost isn’t in the documentation. This purchase is on the Omnibus Agenda where items that don’t need to discussed are placed!
Pam Reece wants a blank check, the cost is immaterial. These vehicles are luxury items, they supposedly replace two fleet vehicles but the documentation doesn’t say what two.
Meanwhile Rivian has a long line of people waiting for delivery who have given them deposits. Normal wants the prestige of driving luxury vehicles, they don’t care about the others waiting years for delivery.
Normal has a long history of not buying local. The documentation claims they are supporting a local business and proving they are EV town. All you other businesses are immaterial.
It’s not like the Town of Normal hasn’t supported Rivian since they bought the plant:
- millions in tax breaks
- paying millions to extend new water and sewer to the plant
- paying millions to rebuild and redesign College Ave
- paying millions to give Rivian its own bus route while others like ISU, Heartland and State Farm pay
- paying for years of snow and ice removal inside the plant
- giving many zoning changes and fee waivers
- giving Sakura road to Rivian
The latest fleece is what the Rivian property was appraised for since they now have to pay property taxes. After investing (according to the documentation) $500,000,000 the total assessed value is around $13,000,000.
Property taxes are based on a third of that. Paying their FAIR SHARE?
Had enough abuse now?
Too chicken to show up at Public Comment Monday night? Normal does this stuff because you don’t stand up to them.