By: Diane Benjamin
Normal’s candidates were much more interesting than Bloomington’s because all 6 showed up. Two of Bloomington’s in the only 2 contested Wards did not. More on them later.
Since I have a lot of video I decided to start with the opening remarks from all 6 candidates. There is a stark difference between the 3 Koos wants to see elected as reliable YES votes, and the 3 who know they answer to the taxpayers.
I might not have it on video but I thought Karl Sila had the line of the morning. Debt was being discussed and how Normal has plans to pay it down to a manageable number when the Uptown TIF expires. I still don’t know what the plan is because the TIF isn’t going to provide the money. Karl’s line was something like “it’s nice Normal has a plan, but the real question is why was a Town of 50,000 people ever in $100,000,000 debt?” Good question since the TIF will never pay if off meaning taxpayers will.
The first 3 videos are the YES people. See if you can spot the difference between them and the next three. Pardon the video, especially when the candidate was short and a tall person blocked the shot.
I was able to ask one question, I chose to ask what the current Council members think of the Rivian sitting in Koos’ driveway. Karyn defended the purchase and even though Kathleen voted against the purchase she wasn’t upset. I think both thought the vehicle was part of the fleet. I told the whole room it doesn’t have government plates and therefore isn’t part of the fleet. It’s Koos’ personal present from taxpayers. I might post that video at some point.