The City of Peoria prepares to budget for next year

Jun 5, 2013

  The City of Peoria is looking at a more than $3 million hole in its budget next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports there’s a $3.6 million deficit anticipated for 2015. 

The multi-year budget forecast is part of the Peoria City Manager’s effort to get the city on a two-year budget cycle. Patrick Urich says there are benefits to getting the city off annual budgeting. “It gets us looking at the budget on a quarterly basis so that we can see how we want to calibrate it during the year, and it provides us with a longer term vista that we can look at that will align hopefully with each one of the new councils as they get set up as well,” he says.  

During the special council meeting that served largely as a budget and policy session, second District Peoria City Councilman Chuck Grayeb called for more enforcement of the city’s youth curfew. He made that call after a street fight Monday night on the East Bluff that reportedly hospitalized at least one person and apparently involved juveniles.  

The council also talked about the future of parking in downtown Peoria, including deck, surface and various metered on-street parking.