Alton, Godfrey, Wood River and parts of Jersey County are among local townships that are now a part of America’s Central Port. The Tri-City Regional Port District in Granite City has changed its name in order to expand geographically along the Mississippi River, and a bill signed recently by Governor Pat Quinn makes it official.
The bill was sponsored in the General Assembly by State Representative Dan Beiser and State Senator Bill Haine, both of Alton. Officials in Alton, Godfrey and Wood River Township approved joining the district, as did Elsah and Quarry Townships in Jersey County, essentially doubling it in size. Port District Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer told The Big Z earlier this year he does not believe new taxes will be a part of this district expansion:
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The expansion will allow the district to assist in creating business opportunities and potential job growth. It also allows for residential construction. The legislation also allows the district to borrow money for up to 20 years, instead of its current limit of three.