City officials in Alton will sign off on a budget that includes a major deficit again this year. The 2013-14 budget included a predicted deficit of $800,000 but leaders were able to end the year in the “black”. The budget for the coming fiscal year calls for a similar deficit according to Mayor Brant Walker. He says it’s too early to predict if any cuts will be necessary.
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The City Council approved an ordinance the responsibility for maintaining City Parks to the Public Works Department during last night’s meeting. Walker says that will save money but that a lot of work is still left to be done to balance the budget, which must be approved by June 30th according to state statute.
In other business, the City Council approved the formation of a fund to hold monies collected by the Simpson Memorial Tennis Program for upgrades to the facility a Gordon Moore Park. The council also voted to accept a $45,000 reimbursement grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that will allow the Public Works Department to hire additional help during the summer.