Peoria facing possible police, fire department job cuts


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — City officials in Peoria are considering police and fire department jobs cuts as they look to close a possible $6 million budget deficit for next year.

City Manager Patrick Urich told City Council members on Tuesday that 60 municipal jobs might need to be cut unless additional revenue is found for 2019.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reportsUrich said public safety departments couldn’t be spared from layoffs since those agencies account for 80 percent of the wages paid from the city’s general fund.

Council members and city administrators are expected to work on a budget plan over the next several weeks. The city laid off 11 this summer to deal with a shortfall in this year’s budget, but those layoffs didn’t include public safety positions.

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Information from: Journal Star,http://pjstar.com

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