On April 13, 2021, the Peoria City Council approved the following by Omnibus Vote:
In unfinished business, the council adopted Ordinance updating the City Code for Short Term Rental Uses after many months of delay. Currently, short term rentals through Airbnb, VRBO and other websites by owner of home are not been legal in Peoria. Under this agreement, home owners wanting to rent room or single- family home would have to live in home in order to meet guidelines for rental. Property not lived in by an owner would require a special use permit to rent out the home. In addition, existing covenants or rules of neighborhood associations could prohibit rentals. Currently, hotel taxes are not collected on rentals; Airbnb has reported it would collect hotel taxes from property owners if city required that, forwarding funds to the City. In addition, Airbnb would work with Peoria Police Department through law enforcement portal for any issues on property rented through Airbnb.
On a final note, Council Person Riggenbach questioned safety of panhandlers at busy intersections. Interim Corporation Counsel, Chrissie Peterson, related that it is difficult to enforce limitations on this but that it should be done in safe manner. She will provide report back at next meeting. Ms. Peterson reported the ACLU has upheld protection for individuals holding a sign and soliciting money on public property and prohibits discrimination of these persons.
Connie Romanus, Observer
The Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. All commissioners were present except for Dr. Pinto, who is out of town.
According to Executive Director Tom Bride, the April 6 general election went relatively smoothly. They were a little short of judges, having only 243 available that day. A few judges had quit, and there were not as many student judges working as in the past. One-third of voters cast their votes early, either at early voting locations or by mail, and two-thirds voted on election day. Total turnout was 17 ½% of those eligible to vote.
With the next election not occurring until March of 2022, it is time to discuss upcoming projects:
Only one question arose during public comments. Would the RFP be open to the public? The answer was yes, and probably even presentations by vendors.
Irene Pritzker, Observer
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