Peoria City Council approves new budget with good financial outlook

Peoria City Council approves new budget with good financial outlook
Peoria City Council approves new budget with good financial outlook(NEWS 25)
Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 9:46 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Peoria City Council has pushed back a vote to potentially raise parking costs downtown, but they did approve a new budget Tuesday evening.

It didn’t come without concern from Councilman John Kelly, that the city isn’t doing enough toward their pension obligations. The mayor and city manager reiterated their efforts toward the pensions with this new budget.

Ultimately, this budget proposal passed in a five to three vote, with Sid Ruckriegel not voting.

Council members that voted against the budget include Dennis Cyr, John Kelly and Zach Oyler.

Notable changes include some increases in funding for first responders for education and updated equipment.

The city passes this budget with increases in revenue and federal funding.

“It’s good that we are able to do some additional things that we haven’t been able to do in the past, but at the same time I think we have attempted to be good stewards of the peoples monies,” said Mayor Rita Ali.

There is also an increase in budget for Public Works due to inflation impacting the cost of equipment, road salt, signage and more.