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City of Peoria Seeks Community Input on Coronavirus Relief Funding

Survey Launched to Gather Feedback on $36M

PEORIA, IL (July 16, 2021) The city of Peoria has been awarded $47,089,976 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.  The City Council voted in June to use $10,301,585 of the FRF to eliminate the need to issue working cash bonds in 2021 and to curtail furloughs for affected non-union employees.

The amount of $36,788,391 remains to be obligated by December 31, 2024.  The City is reaching out to residents to give their spending priorities for the remaining funds.  The survey, found on www.peoriagov.org/engagepeoria, is comprised of 4 questions that ask to rank the order of priorities.  There is also an option to weigh in on the biggest impact to our community due to COVID-19.  Residents may email additional comments to engagepeoria@peoriagov.org  The survey will be open until 5:00 pm on August 19.  Paper copies of the survey can be found at all Peoria Public Library locations.

The survey will allow residents to have input into the decision-making process of the City Council.  City leadership will review community input and prioritize the ideas and suggestions into issues.  City Departments will submit proposed programs and projects to address COVID-19-related issues.  Projects and programs will be proposed for funding to the City Council based upon the community priorities.

There are three public meetings planned.  A virtual meeting will be held on July 29 at 6 pm. To participate, email engagepeoria@peoriagov.org for a request for a link.  The meeting will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel.  Public meetings have been scheduled for August 2 at the Lincoln Branch of the Peoria Public Library, 1312 W Lincoln Avenue, and August 4 at the North Branch, 3001 W. Grand Parkway.  Both meetings begin at 6.

For more information on FRF funds, FAQs, videos of past meetings, and approved and non-approved spending, please visit www.peoriagov.org/engagepeoria

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