PEORIA HEIGHTS — When is a $1 million deficit not a $1 million deficit?
When it turns into a $340,000 surplus.
No joke. Mostly thanks to relatively stable sales tax revenues, an uptick in property tax revenues, an added fee for garbage collection and an aggressive reorganization of village administrative positions, the path toward fiscal fitness has continued for the village into the first quarter of its 2019-2020 budget year that ended July 31.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that Galena Road through Peoria Heights from the McClugage Bridge to Gardner Lane will be receiving $68.5 million for widening and other improvements. The funds come courtesy of the $45 billion landmark capital bill, "Rebuild Illinois." Peoria Heights Mayor Mike Phelan spoke with the governor and area legislators at his news conference. Reconstruction of Route 29 through the village has been a local priority for years.
Jenny Parkhurst has been hired as the executive director of the Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts in Peoria Heights and the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria, the KDB Group announced recently.
The grand opening of Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled for 3-11 p.m. Feb. 2. Spring Bay native, Kim Blickenstaff has plans for Peoria Heights and this event is just the beginning.