It took a recess and a number of votes but the Alton City Council did get a budget passed for this fiscal year during last night’s regularly scheduled meeting. At the crux of the debate was the potential naming of a Deputy Chief for the Alton Police Department. Alderman Gary Flemming proposed an amendment preventing that from happening, an idea Mayor Brant Walker adamantly disagreed with.
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The initial vote on the amendment was 4-to-4 after Mayor Walker envoked his right to vote on the matter. After a recess, the amendment was revisited and approved with the understanding that the total monies allocated to the Alton Police Department would remain the same and that a Deputy Chief may not be named without another amendment to the budget.
Walker says the budget includes a deficit of at least $850,000 but is confident the City will be able to manage the it’s finances as they have in the past and end the year with a balanced budget.