The Peoria city council inched closer to a balanced 2019 budget Tuesday night.
The deficit at the start of the evening was $2.2 million. The council unanimously approved cutting proposed capital improvements in half, saving $1 million.
Members then turned to the planned public safety pension fee, which would assess property owners on a sliding scale based the size of a property. The fee originally was scheduled to raise $2.2 million, but Councilwoman Denise Moore suggested a change.
"If we can just look at the whole public safety fee and as a result of the capital improvement recommendation just prior to this, we’ve saved quite a bit of money and perhaps we can even slash this in half and come back next year and look at it again," Moore said.
City Manager Patrick Urich will provide the council with a new fee schedule next week.
The budget calls for no police or fire layoffs, but instead will cut 16 officers and 18 firefighters through attrition.
The city council will fine tune the proposed budget next week and is scheduled to approve it December 4.