Quincy Mayor talks solutions as state cuts $1.2 million to the city
Quincy is forced to consider cutting services or create new revenue to make up for more than a million dollars that Illinois is taking away. That's according to Mayor Kyle Moore after sharing Quincy will get $1.2 million less from the state in the next fiscal year budget that starts in May.
Mayor Moore held a town hall Tuesday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in downtown Quincy.
He told the crowd one option is to lay off 22 employees. That includes seven firefighters and eight police officers.
Another option is to increase revenues with a food and beverage tax.
"Unfortunately Springfield balanced its budget on the backs of municipalities," Mayor Moore explained. "In order to make up $1.2 million out of a $33 million budget that means we have to reduce services or raise revenue."
Moore said there is the possibility of an $8 per month public safety fee added to city water customer bills. A sales tax hike is also possible. Moore said both options would generate at least $1.5 million on an annual basis.
Moore added he wants to re-visit privatizing garbage collection.
He said that discussion needs to start in May after the city budget is approved.