By: Diane Benjamin Karyn Smith is still waiting for a ruling from the Attorney General from when she was denied the right to speak to the Normal Council about the mural – because it wan’t on the agenda. See this story: https://blnnews.com/2019/02/28/ag-investigating-town-of-normal-again/ The Attorney General is supposed to rule within 90 days, but this is […]
By: Diane Benjamin Update to the story on Normal paying property taxes they don’t owe: https://blnnews.com/2019/08/11/normal-like-paying-property-taxes-you-dont-owe/ Every day that Normal fails to file the PTax 300 form to change the taxable status of properties that should be exempt means more taxes. Normal will get billed next year for the number of days it was taxable […]
By: Diane Benjamin Follow-up to this story: https://blnnews.com/2019/08/11/normal-like-paying-property-taxes-you-dont-owe/ Evidently Normal plans to continue paying property taxes on parcels that should be exempt. I received this response from the McLean County Assessor today: Understand now your government doesn’t care about wasting money?
By: Diane Benjamin Yesterday WGLT did this story: Youth-Soccer-B-N-Preps-Multisport-Complex-Or-Not One thing is clear, YOU have to stop this complex if you don’t want yet another multi-million dollar money pit! The story contains this statement: Anybody see a problem? We are expected to believe it is so dangerous for the kids to play soccer at the airport […]
By: Diane Benjamin Every alderman managed to make it to the meeting last night! Public comment start at 6:22. Gary Lambert spoke at 9:30 about the council not releasing Executive Session minutes that are now over 10 years old. He also mentioned his recent gas bill had municipal taxes higher than his natural gas cost. […]
By: Dine Benjamin Start with this chart that recaps actual and projected tax receipts in the current budget: PDF page 120 https://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=22149 The Local Motor Fuel Tax didn’t exist before Tari. Since doubling the tax, the City expects to collect $4,630,000 this year. The Amusement Tax didn’t exist before Tari. The City expects to collect […]
By: Diane Benjamin Follow-up: https://blnnews.com/2019/07/12/jose-rodriguez-is-back-in-jail/ Jose Rodriguez was bailed out of jail again after his bond was reduced. He was taken into custody by ICE agents. I am trying to determine what happens next and if he will face prosecution here. To be continued . . . Several people have noticed Tari isn’t living in […]