State cuts affecting Peoria and Tazewell county budgets

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 9:34 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- State lawmakers are making it hard to do business in Illinois. That was the message sent Monday by several Peoria and Tazewell county officials.

Officials say going into their budget planning process this year, they're lacking money they expected from the state government.

The Peoria County Treasurer says about $875,000 was lost when state lawmakers cut back personal property replacement tax and inheritance tax dollars.

The Tazewell county Treasurer says they are coming up about $560,00 shorter than expected.

Republican Pat Sullivan joined the lawmakers Monday. He is running for the 46th District Senate seat and said it's time to make changes in Springfield.

"This raiding of taxes and stuff has just gotta stop. Their taxing us too high, their borrowing too much, and their spending too much," said Sullivan.

State Senator Dave Koehler, the democratic incumbent of the 46th District said they are trying to fix decades of built up problems in Springfield.

He says in these economic times everyone has to share the burden of budget cuts.

"$200 million that was cut out of the education budget from preschool to high school, there was also an additional $200 million that was cut out of human services. Everything in the budget this year, it was squeezed," said Senator Koehler.

Koehler believes the money that was cut represents the expected increase in the personal property replacement tax and inheritance tax dollars. He said those counties will still receive dollars similar to last year, however, they won't get the anticipated increases.

Koehler and Sullivan will face off on this topic and others on October 3 during a Debate on WEEK at 7 p.m.

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