Budgets and Open Checkbook

The Pekin City Council is contemplating the use of several available funding options it could pursue to address two of the most pressing issues facing the city:  infrastructure deterioration and unfunded pension obligations.  Below is a link to the presentation on these options, as well as, links to recent news media reporting on the issue.  The funding options that hold the most promise to address these issues are through the local gas tax and the enactment of an electric & gas utility tax and natural gas use tax.  Click on the presentations below to learn more.  
As explained in the presentation, utility tax revenues would go toward investment in capital improvements and infrastructure, as well as, having some portion of revenues go towards the city’s unfunded pension liabilities.  Would you support that?  Do you have other thoughts on addressing these issues?    Please use the below email address to submit your comments to let us know.


April 29, 2019:  Below is a link to the adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020:
March 25, 2019 Update: Below are links to PDF documents of the FY20 Preliminary Budget that were presented at the Budget Workshop held on March 25, 2019. They include the following:
March 11, 2019 Update: Below are links to PDF documents of the FY20 Preliminary Budget that were presented at the Budget Workshop held on March 11, 2019. They include the following:
February 25, 2019 Update: Below are links to PDF documents of the FY20 Preliminary Budget that were presented at the Budget Workshop held on February 25, 2019. They include the following:
Links will be updated upon further input, discussion and amendments by the City Council.

The Fiscal Year 18-19 Budget was adopted May 4, 2018. Click here for a copy of the full budget document.  A full copy of the budget presentation is available for viewing at City Hall or the Pekin Public Library.  For Fiscal Year 18-19 Line Item Detail only click here


The City of Pekin is committed to honest budget, responsible spending, and financial transparency. In this spirit the City has partnered with OpenGov to provide its citizens with the Financial Transparency Portal. The portal is designed to bring visibility, openness, and accountability to our operations.

This site provides you the opportunity to view, filter, and analyze revenue, expense, and balance sheet financial data for Pekin. You can analyze financial trends from May 2012 to Present. Also, you are not limited to viewing your City's financial data online. You can download the data (i.e. in .csv format) for offline analysis.

Click on one of these buttons to see our Open Checkbook and budget Detail for current and prior years in whichever format you prefer.  Detailed line item information can be found below any graph. Any graph can be changed between bar, column, line or pie for easier visualization:


Q: What is OpenGov?
A: OpenGov is a financial transparency website which displays government finances over a multi-year period. The default view displays expenses broken down by department.

Q: How do I select the data I want to see?
A: To focus on specific data - like a fund, department, expense type, or any combination - use the menu on the left side panel. The "By" drop-down allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph. You can analyze the expense and revenues data by fund, department, or type.

Q: Can I select more than one fund or department?
A: Yes. Use the Data Filter on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data. The Data Filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types. You'll notice the title of the graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data of most interest to you.

Q: How do I see the actual numbers within the graph?
A: Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. Or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information.

Q: Can I see the data in a different graph?
A: In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. There are five graph types overall: an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar chart. There is also always a table view below any chart or graph. The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph above.

Q: Why are there sometimes spikes in one year?
A: In reviewing multiple years of data, you may see "spikes" in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses, such as a hard winter, equipment failure, a capitol project, or a specific event that required additional funds. You can drill-down into our OpenGov site to learn more about what exactly those expense or revenues are categorized.

Q: Can I save the data I'm looking at?
A: Yes, there are Share and Download buttons in the upper right corner. You can share any view on a social network or by email. There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats.

Q: How do I learn more about government accounting?
A: Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the "Budget 101" primer to learn more about multi-fund accounting.

Q: I have a question. How do I contact the/my organization?
A: Use the Help menu on the top right corner to navigate to the "Contact" option to send your message to your organization.