Peoria city council candidates discuss city issues ahead of absentee voting

By WEEK Producer

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- City council candidates running in Peoria's Fifth district are offering their perspectives on the city's issues as absentee voting for the primary begins tomorrow.

Dan Adler, who is running as a write in candidate after he failed to notarize all of his elections documents, says he has been listening to constituents concerns. He says the voters he spoke with want to have more input in the process.

He says he would also like to help bring more residents to the area by offering a two-year rebate on city property taxes to those who move into the Peoria area.

"The owner of a $150,000 home would see his or her property tax reduce by $400 per a year, and that's money that could be used here in our local economy," said Adler.

One of Adler's opponents for the seat, Casey Johnson, agrees that property taxes need to be discussed by the city council.

"What I hear is property taxes are high. To maintain property taxes we need to increase sales tax revenue, and increase development and growth to maintain the property taxes instead of having an increase," said Johnson.

Johnson also wants to bring the 5th district together and create a better community for residents who live in that area.

Incumbent Dan Irving was unavailable for an interview.

The primary for the 5th district seat will take place on February 26th.

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