PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. -- Peoria County is touting Heddington Oaks nursing home as one of its biggest accomplishments, spurring the question, "What's next?"
That was the message at Friday's 'State of the County' address.
Peoria County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther applauds the region for being financially secure.
She says despite shrinking state and local revenues, the County was able to avoid layoffs, maintain its lowest tax rate in a decade, and hold operating expenses to less than two-percent over budget.
"I think that's pretty impressive when you look at the cost of fuel increases and other inflationary factors that are outside our control," said Curtis Luther. "Being able to really limit those cost increases is difficult, but in a collaborative way, we've been able to do that."
Peoria County officials also say they're willing to collaborate to help the Peoria Riverfront Museum raise its attendance and revenue.