An increase of about 4.9% in the Alton tax levy means the city will be levying a little less than $6.9-million in the coming fiscal year, if the council gives its approval. By staying under 5%, the city does not have to have a “Truth in Taxation” hearing on the increase. The full council will consider the resolution Wednesday night before sending it through the ordinance process later this month.
While the General Fund at $2.1-million is still the largest item in the budget, the Police and Fire pensions account for a total of nearly $3.4-million, according to Alton Mayor Brant Walker.
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He says there is a current hiring freeze, and are only hiring on an emergency basis. But believes by streamlining and realigning departments they have been able to at least maintain if not increase services to the city’s residents.