The Alton City Council has given final approval to the city's 2012 property tax levy.  It totals just over $6.25-million, which is roughly 13% of the general revenue for the city according to the city comptroller.  The newly passed levy groups the general fund and the Park & Recreation Department together in order to cover the cost of the police and fire pensions.

There shouldn't be much change in the tax bill of Alton residents and the final levy and resulting tax rate will be set by the Madison County Clerk next spring.  In other council business, the city will be taking possession of three properties.  1718 Belle Street is being turned over via quit claim deed by the current owners, and a donation agreement was accepted for 1,312 Highland Avenue and 3,253 Hawthorne.  The city will also oversee the demolition of four other properties - 108 W. 19th, 1,110 Putnam, 2,617 Walnut and 1,279 W. 9th.

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