City manager predicts budget deficits for next two years

By WEEK Producer

City manager predicts budget deficits for next two years

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich will get the first crack at erasing red ink from the city's projected budget for the next two years.

The budget was one of the many topics discussed at Thursday morning's breakfast chat hosted by Councilman Chuck Weaver.

Residents heard how the city and county are combining police resources to cut costs.

Earlier this week, Urich presented an initial overview of the budget. He said he anticipates general fund deficits of $3.1 million for 2014 and $3.6 million for 2015.

"I'm anxious to see what he comes back to us with with regard to recommendations and it needs to start there," said Councilman Weaver. "He's closest to what his staff will accomplish, where his abilities are to cut costs and so we need him to come to us with what his thoughts are, so that we can start doing dialogue about what policies we want to put in place."

City leaders say wages, pension and healthcare costs account for the biggest share of expenses.

The city council will try to pass a two-year budget by the end of October.

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