Alton mayor: Painful layoffs needed to close city's budget gap - KMOV.com

Alton mayor: Painful layoffs needed to close city's budget gap

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ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The city of Alton let go of several employees Wednesday as part of a move to reduce a $1.8 million budget deficit.

Those laid off include two police officers, one firefighter, one parking enforcement officer, and the city's one animal control worker. The city is also letting go of 20 seasonal employees. Alton Mayor Brant Walker said a combination of a large increase in pension payments and a decrease in state aid from Springfield forced the city to reduce the number employees on the rolls.

Walker said he did not want to raise taxes to close the budget gap. The cuts go into effect August 1.

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