City is fiscally sound

By: 
CATHY CARLAT, Guest Commentary

Cathy Carlat
Mayor

As we approach a new fiscal year, I am proud to report that we do so as a fiscally sound city and with a fully balanced budget that meets today’s demands, while planning for our best future.
With no increase to taxes, the fiscal year 2019 budget of $660 million maintains strong reserves and conforms to the council-adopted Principles of Sound Financial Management. City Council has also approved the city’s 10-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) of $729 million, which provides for a variety of major investments in parks, roadways, public safety facilities and water and sewer infrastructure.
The budget maintains essential services and funding for all of the things that matter most to our citizens.
Public safety is a top priority and this budget includes 12 new public safety positions for the Peoria Police Department. Critical funding for Peoria Fire-Medical Department is also provided, which includes the expansion of Peoria’s ambulance service from two to four full-time ambulances, and the addition of 14 new firefighters and training for eight paramedics.
With a focus on our community and neighborhood services programs, we are pleased to provide funding for the Community Works program, which provides meaningful improvements to neighborhoods. In addition, funding for a new Support and Resource Center has been allocated to offer direct program, intake and referral services to residents.
Creating and managing a balanced budget is one of the most important responsibilities of city government. The fiscal year 2019 budget reflects our city’s steadfast commitment to providing exceptional core services that meet the priorities of our citizens. As we move forward, we remain focused on our community’s goals and long-term considerations to ensure every tax dollar is put to work for those who call Peoria home.

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