The Metro East city of Alton is growing. Businesses are expanding or buying new locations. The local hospital is expanding. Alton has been selected as the site for a new reality show that will invest in small businesses there.
Property tax payers in the City of Alton contributed $1.96 million to the city's fire fighter pension fund in fiscal year 2014, while 47 active members currently receiving salaries contributed $291,197 in payroll deductions to the fund. And almost twice as many beneficiaries - 87 retirees, surviving spouses or dependents - drew $3,477,300 in benefits last year.
The city of Alton has illegally charged its business owners a refuse fee for trash collection, even though the businesses were required to arrange and pay for their own garbage pick-up, according to recently filed court documents.
Bradley Boat owners Layne and Leslee Gibson are asking Madison County Circuit Judge Ann Callis to order the City of Alton to answer their interrogatories and requests for production in a property damage lawsuit.