Peoria County is doing its part to keep the Tri-County Planning Commission going.
The Commission faces a $250,000 budget shortfall, and is asking for help from the three counties it serves to make up that difference. The Peoria County Board on Thursday voted to send $100,000 towards the struggling organization.
How desperate is the Commission's situation?
"Without a cash infusion, I do not believe that they will be able to keep their doors open and make payroll this month," said Peoria County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther.
Not all of the Board members were convinced that a $100,000 payment was necessary. A few wished to give enough money to keep the doors open for 30 days in order to give the Board more time to consider the issue. Others wondered whether loans would be a viable option.
"Those have the presumption that they will be able to repay. As there is a $250,000 negative balance on their books as of last October, we should not operate under the assumption that that is a possibility," Luther said.
Ultimately, the Board approved it against four "no" votes. Tazewell and Woodford Counties still have yet to decide whether they will also chip-in. Their decisions are expected later this month.