Each year the City Council makes decisions on critical services like public safety, infrastructure, and the quality of life in Peoria's neighborhoods, while determining how to pay for it. The City is required to balance its budget annually, and the City Council has made a number of tough decisions in order to live within our means.
Over the last decade, the City was growing in population and land size. In the last two years, the City has seen its population and the number of employed residents decline. The City workforce has shrunk by 112 positions since 2008, over 14%. Recently, private sector workforce reductions and the State budget crisis have reduced City revenues. The current challenge before the City Council is a $7.9 million budget deficit for 2018.
This Budget Challenge is designed to put you in the seat of the City Council. Difficult budget choices remain, including expense and revenue choices that will impact us over the long-term. What are your budget priorities?