Koos told WJBC the planned road projects will still happen, in order of priority. (WJBC file photo)
By Zach Dietmeier
NORMAL - The Town of Normal will still be able to make necessary road repairs heading into the winter months, according to Mayor Chris Koos.
The town council redirected $300,000 in funds to help pay for cuts to the tax levy. Koos said the town tries to balance cuts and equities in tough times, but overall road resurfacing was an area where more money could be diverted.
"People complain that their food costs are going up, their fuel costs are going up, education costs are going up," said Koos. "Government doesn't live in a vacuum. Our costs go up too. We have to adjust, and the only way we can hold the line is to cut services because things do get more expensive."
He wants to remind citizens that Normal still has the lowest taxed municipality out of a group including Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Peoria, and Springfield. As for the roadways, Koos said prioritizing the busiest roads will take precedent.
"We do have a priority one list, which are the ones in most need of attention and the busiest in the community," said Koos. "We've expanded the list because of the increased funding for the projects we are going to address."
Koos joined WJBC's Beth Whisman at the Children's Discovery Museum on Tuesday, a day after the council decided to reverse plans to raise the property tax levy. Property taxes will still increase by about $5 per year for the owner of a $150,000 home. Estimated assessed valuations in Normal and McLean County dropped about one percent this year.
Zach Dietmeier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.