Peoria Council begins budget talks, Jensen sworn-in

Sep 3, 2013

Beth Jensen is sworn-in as the newest member of the Peoria City Council Tuesday night. She fills the remainder of Gary Sandberg's term.
The Peoria City Council wants more information on nearly $1.5 million in unspent capital projects.  Those include sidewalk repair, fire station upgrades and alley lighting programs.  The Council voted to keep the unspent money within the district it was budgeted for, even if it’s re-programmed.  Mayor Jim Ardis says the city could set that money aside until staff has more detailed budget numbers:

 “The district council people don't need to talk to me about the needs in the various districts, because I get it and I don’t disagree with you.  I’m just saying because of the unique time we’re at right now, maybe get some information back on some of the particulars that several council members have asked questions on,” Ardis says.

 The Council would then hash out what projects are a priority in 2014.  The city faces a projected $3 million deficit next year.  In other business, area attorney Beth Jensen was sworn-in to fill the remainder of Gary Sandberg’s at-large seat.  Jensen is the third woman on the Council and previously worked in the city’s legal department.