Normal: Financial Trends report is immaterial

By: Diane Benjamin During Tuesday’s night Normal Town Council meeting much was made about the Financial Trends Reports and what a valuable tool it is. This year it isn’t. It recaps what happened from 4/1/2019 through 3/31/2020. Something happened around the time this report ends: Glance through the report. It contains little current information: http://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/17189/Financial-Trend-and-Condition-Report-FY2019-20 […]

More Property Taxes Normal Doesn’t Owe

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever heard “Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves”? The Town of Normal is not only not “watching the pennies”, they aren’t watching dollars either.  (YOUR DOLLARS) These bills are “presented” for Monday night – nobody is suppose to ask questions. Start with the One Uptown Circle Rent.  […]

More on Normal’s Property Taxes they don’t owe.

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow-up to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/05/06/pam-reece-needs-to-pay-this-herself/ On May 6th when that story was written both the Adelaide property and the empty lot on Ft. Jesse were labeled taxable on the McLean County Assessor’s website.  Ft. Jesse still is, Adelaide has finally been changed.  Evidently Normal will continue to pay property taxes on an […]

Socialist exposing themselves

By:  Diane Benjamin Hitler was elected.  The people of Germany voted for a socialist because he promised to save them.  Democratic Socialism.  Those wanting to re-write history don’t want you to know his party was called:  National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Socialists always come to power promising equality and free stuff.  It’s easy to get votes […]

Anybody see a problem here?

By:  Diane Benjamin Problem 1 The property the Town of Normal owns at 1217 S. Adelaide still shows as taxable.  https://mcleanil.devnetwedge.com/parcel/view/1432279011/2018 See this story, the Town has known since Stan Nord was elected they don’t owe the taxes:  https://blnnews.com/2019/08/11/normal-like-paying-property-taxes-you-dont-owe/ Is it that hard to fix problems? Problem 2 These is a screen shot of video […]

Normal: Financial Trends

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve heard from numerous sources State Farm is not done downsizing their workforce.  If local governments don’t tighten their belts, the flight of residents will do it for them. These numbers were complied from what Normal reported to the Comptroller’s office:  Source: Normal – Warehouse   Note the number of employees.  Remember […]

Local Democrats need economics course

By:  Diane Benjamin The local Democrats shared this on Facebook: Of course they had to pretend the Republicans are the party of the rich, facts don’t matter when talking points to keep the minions uniformed work better. Since democrats don’t bother with history before legislating, Pritzker and crew think the rich will hang around and […]

Pantagraph Foibles

By:  Diane Benjamin When the Pantagraph didn’t need their huge building anymore they sold it.  Anything happening there with the new buyers or is it just another empty downtown building? Since they realized they didn’t need that much space and probably couldn’t afford to keep what isn’t absolutely necessary, they moved to a small space.  […]

Cornbelters Liens – unpaid taxes

By:  Diane Benjamin Followup to this story:    https://blnnews.com/2018/10/20/the-corn-crib-fleece/ I discovered more information about the Cornbelters.  They have two liens placed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, meaning they didn’t pay the payroll taxes due.   From 2016-2017 they owe $24,173.64 including interest, from 2015 they owe $2,054.94 plus interest of $621.87. Source: 2016 and 2017  […]

The Corn Crib Fleece?

By:  Diane Benjamin I reported in this story Heartland Community College pays the property taxes on the Corn Crib property:   https://blnnews.com/2018/10/18/heartland-pays-property-tax-corn-crib/ I’ve been doing lots of research on where the Corn Crib originated.  In case you missed the latest news, only college kids will play at the Crib in the future.  Minor league baseball is […]

To all local governments and schools:

By:  Diane Benjamin Property taxes are destroying the citizens of Illinois.  We now have the highest property taxes in the country! http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-illinois-property-tax-rate-0428-biz-20160427-story.html Stop stealing from taxpayers NOW. Your tax and spend policies are forcing people to leave and wrecking the lives of people who can’t.  Un-affordable housing is your fault. Normal raises property taxes every […]

Downtown Building for Sale!

By:  Diane Benjamin https://www.point2homes.com/US/Commercial-For-Sale/IL/Bloomington/Downtown-Bloomington/602604-N-Main/51134568.html The building is owned by downtown supporter Mike Manna. Is he fleeing? One caveat:  The taxes listed are on a much lower Assessed Value:   $93,787 http://mcleanil.devnetwedge.com/view/RE/21-04-178-016/2017 Multiply that by 3.33 and it is supposedly the value of the building. That would be $281,361. Is the asking price too high or the […]

Bloomington-Overtime, Pension Spiking, etc

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll Monday night:    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=17676 Bi-Weekly Overtime!  (hours/payment – PDF page 6) Weekly employees Overtime: Two entries for Sick Leave Buy Back. Pension Spiking: More expenses for the Coliseum? They haven’t gotten to the elevator yet. Consultants – Administration How many downtown properties aren’t paying taxes because Bloomington bought them?  Maybe […]

Normal’s Pension Problem (and Bloomington)

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal has to pay into three pension funds:  IMRF, Police, and Fire. The funding for IMRF isn’t horrible, Police and Fire are.  What does that say about who the Town management and Council respect and who they don’t? I’m sure you remember property taxes being raised year after year […]

Property tax bills done

By:  Diane Benjamin If you are so excited to see what your property taxes will be this year, the bills are now on-line:  http://mcleanil.devnetwedge.com/ No surprise they are going up! The only way to fight back is to protest your assessed value.  Maybe I will start a side business showing people how. When you look at […]

Normal Does Comedy!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal must be feeling heat.  Maybe it’s because Chris Koos came REALLY close to getting knocked off by Marc Tiritilli.  Maybe it’s because Normal raised property taxes eleven years in a row.  Maybe it’s because the only way a building was going to get built across from City Hall […]

ELEVEN! Citizens fight back

By:  Diane Benjamin Maybe the citizens of Normal have finally decided enough is enough.  11 citizens (one from Bloomington) spoke against the property tax increase during the public hearing before the Normal Town Council.  They came armed with facts which the council later tried to refute.  That story will be next.  Meanwhile, just hit play […]

Everybody in Normal must be rich!

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight:  Town of Normal 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing on a proposed Property Tax Levy . I expect few citizens will show up to express outrage that their government is not capable of living within their means.  The Council and the Mayor are counting on it. This hearing is required because the Town […]

Normal’s Economic Development Exposed

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos recently spoke at a “State of McLean County” event.    See the newspaper story HERE Koos thinks his job is reducing economic inequity, delivering opportunity, social equity and sustainability. If his claims were true, the Council wouldn’t be set to raise property taxes to fill holes in their budget. Stealing more […]

Normal Taxpayers got SCAMMED!

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night Trustees RC McBride and Kevin McCarthy went out of their way to thanks the 5 citizens who spoke at Public Comment.  They needed to because 3 out of the 5 were plants. Normal illegally requires citizens who want to speak to sign up hours in advance.  That gives Koos and […]

Heartland’s Fleece

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph reported today the Heartland Board passed an operating budget that is 7.8% higher than last year. The overall budget is 13.4% higher than last year. Heartland approved a huge tax increase last year.  When your property tax bill increased – much of it was Heartland! Below are the tax rates […]

Normal: Last night’s 4 minutes

Update:  FOIA filed.  Locust has to do with an ISU land swap from 2015. By:  Diane Benjamin The video of last night’s Normal Town Council says it’s 10:23 minutes.  The meeting doesn’t start until 6:48, so the actually meeting was less than 4 minutes. See the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLNC0lO-kCBYjaSv4sZ4udZFRwMu8bwYGr&v=3XAyHvlFBKE Start the video around 6 minutes […]

How did this happen?

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember in 2014 when a new soccer complex was proposed? That plan involved relocating the YMCA to south Main where the Great Escape used to be.  The new building would be a community center.  All the planners needed was a tax increase to fund it.  State Farm Bank was owed money on […]

News from CIRA’s minutes + Soccer

By:  Diane Benjamin The Central Illinois Regional Airport has their new website:  CIRA.com Meeting dates, agenda’s, minutes etc can be found under “About the Airport” and then “Airport Authority”. Since I haven’t had time to follow them lately, I clicked on the November minutes and found this under Public Comments: The address is Bloomington.  It’s […]

Surprise! You are the last to know

By:  Diane Benjamin I hear David Hales and Patti-Lynn Silva will be talking about raising property taxes!  This meeting is open to the public. Detroit Drive is off Towanda Barnes Road just north of the theater. I can tell you how they decide your taxes.  They need X dollars, they go to the Assessor and […]