Upon taking office, Weaver was alarmed at the focus on merely the year ahead with little long-term planning. For instance, there were no budget projections 5 or 10 years out so council members could understand the impact of their votes down the road.
Weaver requested and persisted in having city staff complete a 10-year budget projection until one was finally presented to the Council. It was ominous. The first projection showed a $37 million budget deficit over 10 years. The second projection completed last year was even worse—finding a whopping $48 million budget deficit over the just the next 4 years.
Councilman Chuck Weaver had the discipline to vote NO on $42 million in city spending that the majority on the Council approved. Our city’s budget catastrophe would not exist if others had listened to Chuck Weaver and followed his lead of living within our means.
Councilman Weaver donates his monthly city council salary through an organization he created called Leaders Change Peoria (LCP).
The group’s mission statement states: To provide strategic planning for not-for-profits, and provide financial support to Peoria’s dynamic leaders as they launch new projects to positively impact kids and neighborhoods.
A total of 39 community organizations in Peoria have received $1,000 grants so far, in a thoughtful way, designed to help them multiply resources to help as many people in Peoria as possible.