Local governments asked to give up state shared revenue

By Denise Jackson

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Local governments may be forced to give up more state shared revenues under next year's budget proposal. Governor Pat Quinn wants to cut that funding by 20% to help with Illinois' fiscal crisis.

Peoria County Services could be restructured or reduced if Governor Pat Quinn cuts nearly $700,000 in local distribution funds next fiscal year. Peoria County Assistant Administrator Scott Sorrel calls it a big hit.

"If we lose this funding then those service and how we deliver them are gonna be impacted," he said.

Sorrel said the number of corrections officers and sheriff deputies could be reduced as well as circuit clerk staff.

One direct result of budget cuts could mean longer lines or waits in the county clerk's offices.

In Tazewell County nearly a half a million dollars would be eliminated. The county's $440,000 helps with road improvements county health department programs and safety among other things.

"I would hope that I wouldn't have to lay off any staff. We already have a small enough staff. I've made some changes and we've cut back on our part time people even," said Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress.

"We do recognize the state has to solve its problems but shifting the burden from income and sales tax to property taxes I don't think is the way that we recommend solving those problems," said Tazewell County Administrator Michael Freilinger.

Freilinger said besides cutting services and staff, the county would have to find a new revenue stream. In the meantime they're working on a plan similar to one two years ago, where state representatives lobbied successfully to avert a similar proposal.

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