Residents weigh in on how to spend Peoria’s remaining COVID relief funds

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PEORIA (WEEK) — The results are in and Peoria residents have spoken out on how they think the city should spend the rest of the $36.7 million in COVID relief funds.

The city heard from 884 people and their top areas of need were infrastructure, neighborhood revitalization and business support.

City Manager, Patrick Urich, shared their responses at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. He also shared reccomendations for the city on how to spend the rest of the relief money.

Urich recommends the city spends it over the next four years. Although, some council members disagreed on that timeline.

“We’ve got violence continuing and we’ve had fires that have killed dogs,” 2nd District Councilman, Chuck Grayeb, continued, “This is not a time to proceed in a leisurely fashion to fill in these gaps. We don’t have that time.”

Other council members wanted to see more money put toward their districts.

The city has not established a timeframe, yet on when these decisions will be made. However, the funds have to be spent by 2024.

$10 million though, was already used to fill the most recent budget deficit.

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