Peoria city council got a glimpse of the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday night. It's nearly $188 million - about 2.5 percent higher than the 2012 budget. However, the new plan doesn't include any new taxes.
More than 50 positions were cut when last year's budget passed.The new budget proposes adding eight new positions, including three new police officers. A "Don't Shoot" coordinator to oversee the city's new crime fighting program was also recommended.
City manager Patrick Urich warned of one of the biggest challenges facing the city--what he called "unsustainable pension growth." The city hopes to approve a new budget by the end of the year.