A handful of local leaders, including the City of Peoria, District 150 and the Peoria Park District met at Woodruff Career and Technical Center on Tuesday.
Each presented an update of their governmental bodies before the conversation shifted to the issue of Combined Sewage Overflow. CSO occurs when excess rain water mixes with sewer water and flows into the Illinois river. It’s been an issue in Peoria for decades, but a lawsuit from the EPA is forcing a change.
The city has chosen to invest in more environmentaly smart practices, or “the green solution.” Some are already being implemented.
“That will at least allow us to spend the money above the service where it will be beneficial,” says Councilman Tim Riggenbach to the crowd.
“We are still negotiating the cost, but yeah, this stinks for all of us,” he continued.
It will hit District 150 especially hard, costing them about $25,000 dollars a month because of a high area of impermeable service throughout the district. The school can reduce its fee with tax credits, but the District will still pay an average of $300,000 a year.
“That’s a concern we have because we don’t have any rescources to pay for that,” says District 150 Board Vice President Rick Cloyd.
“Out total acreage is over 2,000 acres in Peoria. Only 4.7 percent is imperveous, but our proposed fees are $330,00 a year,” says Nancy Snowden with the Peoria Park District. “If implemented at the levlels proposed will force the Park District to eliminate services and, or limit services to balance our budget.”
District 150 also presented its Alignment Rockford plan at the meeting and presented some statistics has to how budget problems at the state level are impacting their schools.