City has to balance budget after costly winter

By Audrey Wise

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- This year's harsh winter weather has taken a toll on all of us here in central Illinois, but it is also impacting local governments.

The city typically budgets $500,000 for snow removal each year. This year, they are already close to spending almost $2 million.

City Manager Patrick Urich said they will be working the rest of the year to balance the budget after this big hit.

However, he does not see a need to cut essential services or raise taxes.

"We try and segregate the funds between what we're trying to do with neighborhood development and revitalization and those efforts," Urich said. "In the big picture it all effects the bottom line, but we're going to work towards trying to do as much as we possibly can do to try and be responsive for the residents."

Urich said this is one of the most expensive years in terms of snow removal yet. He is hoping for mild weather the rest of the year to help balance the budget.

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