Peoria County is looking to use an outside consultant to find ways to cut costs and boost revenue. The full Board will consider spending $192,000 to hire Matrix Consulting. Some elected officials say they're concerned the consultant will be used to justify future staff reductions. County Administrator Scott Sorrel says any potential staff changes would be part of a larger review of departments and services:
“The goal of the study is to identify ways that we can deliver those services in as efficient a manner as possible.”
The move follows a tight County budget year that included offering dozens of early-retirements and raising service fees.