Peoria announces they won't out-source for code enforcement jobs

By Beau Ebenezer

August 29, 2013 Updated Aug 29, 2013 at 7:27 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- According to AFSCME Council 31, city leaders contacted employees to say that the Peoria Code Enforcement and Building Inspectors will continue to serve Peoria.

The decision will affect about 10 employees.

Union representative, Tim Lavelle said privatizing code enforcement work would be more expensive than keeping city workers on the job.

He added that studies show that government workers are paid 20% less than their private sector counterparts, when education levels are taken into consideration.

"I think that it is a good decision for everybody," said Lavelle. "The citizens win. The city wins because they get the work done at a reasonable cost, and our workers win because they keep the job."

City officials said they made the decision based on what works best for them at this time.

"I don't know if it will save us anymore," said Peoria City Manager, Patrick Urich. "What we are just simply trying to do is take the current resources that we have and use them in the most effective way that we can. At this point in time we feel doing this with our current work force is the way to go."

Urich added that they will soon begin working with the code enforcement staff in-order to enforce areas more efficiently.

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