While the possibility of a cut in funding to municipalities has led to talk of potential job cuts in Alton, that does not appear to be the case in other Riverbend municipalities. Earlier this week Alton Mayor Brant Walker told The Big Z layoffs were not out of the question if the governor’s proposed cuts were approved, but some other local mayors are leaning toward belt tightening at this point.
Governor Bruce Rauner has suggested a 50% cut to the Local Government Distributive Fund. Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick tells The Big Z that kind of cut would mean $700,000 less coming back to his village.
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East Alton Mayor Joe Silkwood:
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In Bethalto cuts of 50% would amount to about $471,000. In Alton, Mayor Walker is looking at a $1.2-million hit. Alton also has the most employees of any Riverbend municipality. As a group, most mayors are hoping for cuts of about half as much as what the governor has proposed.