In cheeky post, Washington promises to plug Peoria budget hole with parking ban ticket money

WASHINGTON, lll. (WEEK) — The city of Washington said tickets for snow parking ban violations in the will help fund Peoria’s budget hole if it makes $6 million or more on snow parking ban tickets.

In a cheeky post to the city Facebook page, the city said it promised Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich it would plug Peoria’s budget hole if it makes $6 million or more from tickets on people violating the city’s snow parking ban, which goes into effect at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.

The city of Peoria has struggled with budget deficits over the past year. The city has made cuts to numerous departments, including police and fire in an effort to close the deficit.

The city said tickets for violations may be in the “$7 gazillion range or more.” If the city gets more than $8 million on tickets, they said they’ll fill any city potholes with cash (not counting state routes through the city).

About 3 to 6 inches of wet and heavy snow is expected in Washington and throughout much of Central Illinois over the weekend.

The city of Washington has become known for its humorous, yet informative social media presence. The city’s police department has won Peoria Magazine’s award for Best Social Media Presence multiple times. 

Tim Shelley

Tim Shelley

Social Media & Digital Content Manager
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