Peoria Riverfront Museum officials finalizing budget to present to County

By Marshanna Hester

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Five more employees recently lost their jobs at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Museum Board Vice Chairman Dan Daly says the staff reduction aims to bring costs in line with revenue.

He told members of the Peoria County intergovernmental committee the museum has hired a consultant to enhance control of the finances.

Records show the museum lost nearly $290,000 in the first 10 months of operation.

Daly says work is underway to boost attendance and rectify the deficit.

"We're looking at both the short tem and long term," he said. "What's important is to get the museum on solid financial footing and then maintain that. So again, it's a new business, expectations are we need to make progress in the next fiscal year, which we will."

Daly says a budget will be finalized next week so it can be presented to the county in August.

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