Overtime adding to Peoria budget issues

Council working to balance budget

The Peoria City Council is continuing to deal with budget issues and one of the largest concerns brought up during this week's budget meeting is the amount of overtime given to city employees.

 

According to City Manager Patrick Urich, last year $5.7 million dollars was paid out in overtime.

 

Although this number may seem astronomical, some members say it's cheaper to pay overtime than to hire more employees.

 

Hiring more employees would require the city to pay them benefits, and the city would incur even more expenses.

 

City council members say they plan to review the overtime policy before next week's budget meeting.

 

Members hope to discuss whether the city would benefit from hiring more employees.


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