More Money For Peoria Roads?

City of Peoria

The Peoria City Council has given preliminary approval to a series of tax increases to add $5.2 million in its city road budget.

The breakdown includes a 3-cent hike in the motor fuel tax, which would generate $1.2 million. A Peoria motorist who gets 20 miles per gallon would pay an additional $20 per year.

Two property tax increases, totaling 16 cents, would generate an additional $3.2-million. The property tax increases would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $48 a year.

The Council is also proposing a two percent increase in the hotel tax for an added $800,000.

The Council will hold another special meeting Thursday to take its formal votes on the specific ordinances governing the increases. The hotel tax question will not be included because the City still needs to discuss the issue with the Peoria Civic Center Authority Board.

The Council heard a request from Peoria Public Schools for a one-quarter cent increase in the city sales tax to be used toward state-mandated building repairs. That ordinance, however, is not expected to be ready for a Council vote Thursday.

The Council held an executive session to consider an appointment for the at-large seat once occupied by now State Senator Chuck Weaver. No consensus vote was taken. A few Council members said the discussion still centered on the process toward making an appointment.

The Council is considering four finalists for the open seat: Zack Oyler, Sid Paul Ruckreigel, Thomas Fliege and Rita Ali.

Council members are expected to talk about the vacancy again during an executive session following Thursday’s special meeting.

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