Peoria County Board approves budget increase for Jessica Thomas, but Auditor will push for more funds

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PEORIA, IL (HOI) – The Peoria County Auditor has a new boost of funding for her office, but Jessica Thomas says it still won’t be enough.

The battle for a raise is over for now, as the County Board approved a budget amendment by a 17-1 vote Thursday night. Greg Adamson was the only board member voting in opposition.

Several residents spoke in support of the auditor’s request for more funding. The new raise – to just under $256,000 – will allow Thomas to hire one new employee to her staff along with medical health benefits, office supplies and travel expenses.

Thomas was hoping to get $338,060 added on to her existing budget.

“This has been a horrible work situation. The way I’ve been treated from this Chairman and Administrator is completely horrendous. It’s appalling,” Thomas said.

But, County Administrator Scott Sorrel says every department is dealing with lowering funds from the county.

“The changes to the auditor’s office are not singled out or unique to that office,” said Sorrel. “They’re across the board in many of the elected offices and many of the offices that report to me.”

Several board members mentioned that the $255,865 total is much closer in average to other downstate counties, such as McLean and Sangamon.

Thomas says she will return to the board to ask for more funding in the future.

 

 

Mike Miletich

Mike Miletich

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