City Council increases refuse and recycling fee

Another tax increase is on the way for Carbondale residents.  The Carbondale City Council voted unanimously to approve an increase of just over two percent per year to the refuse and recycling fee. The increase raises the current fee from $14.30 to $14.60 ... Continue Reading →

City to increase sales, hotel tax to tackle budget

Tourists and locals alike will see a tax increase as part of a plan to remedy the city’s nearly $1 million budget deficit. The Carbondale City Council voted to raise both the sales tax and hotel/motel tax as part of its plan to balance the budget. The ... Continue Reading →

City deficit near $1million

The Carbondale budget crisis is more than $200,000 worse than previously expected. City Manager Kevin Baity relayed the bad news to the City Council on Tuesday. Baity said, at the Feb. 11 City Council meeting, the city’s deficit was an estimated $761,000. ... Continue Reading →

Budget woes plague city council

The Carbondale City Council met Tuesday to discuss the city’s upcoming budget problems. City Manager Kevin Baity read his preliminary budget report to the council and said the city is looking at a $731,000 budget shortfall. Baity said the city is looking ... Continue Reading →

Mayor gives state of city B+

Increased sales tax, bike path, downtown redevelopment topics in address Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler reiterated his proposal for an increased sales tax in the city at the annual State of the City Address Tuesday. Fritzler said the city is $200,000 ... Continue Reading →
A road construction crew works on state Route 13 Monday between Marion and Carbondale. According to Illinois Department
of Transportation resident engineer John Eaton, crews are adding a third lane to the highway as part of the IDOT’s plan to ease
congestion. Construction is anticipated to conclude by September 2013.
ZANE ECKLUND | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Roadwork continues into fall semester

Several roads have been repainted or repaired around Carbondale and on campus this summer and the work is continuing. Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity said the repainting of city road stripes happens on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. However, ... Continue Reading →

Council to discuss university’s future

SIU Board of Trustees may be abolished The Carbondale City Council may oppose a split between SIU Edwardsville and SIU Carbondale. The group will vote tonight to approve a resolution against a bill that would abolish the SIU Board of Trustees and establish ... Continue Reading →

Council members discuss departure

Twelve candidates look to fill three open City Council seats in April’s election. The council is composed of six members and the mayor. Terms are staggered, so three members are up for re-election every four years. There is no maximum number of terms ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale chooses green energy option

The City Council unanimously voted to enter a 100-percent renewable energy plan Wednesday night in an electrical aggregation meeting aimed to lower resident’s electricity costs. The two-year plan was 2-percent more costly than Collinsville-based provider ... Continue Reading →

Council considers tax levies, pension increase

Although tax increases are normal functions of a city, council members had mixed emotions at the City Council meeting Tuesday about the city tax hike to be imposed next year. The major reason for the city tax increase is the state raise in pension benefits ... Continue Reading →

Council to talk city, library tax levies

The City Council will discuss tax levy proposals and examine how tax money will be delegated for the upcoming year at tonight’s meeting. According to the meeting’s agenda, the city has been able to abate the city general purpose tax levy by subsidizing ... Continue Reading →

Company shares soil space with city

After document finalizations Monday with the city manager, a produce-growing company now leases city property and plans to make the space available to growers around town. Sorrel Kunath, president of Common Greens Inc., said the municipal garden is located ... Continue Reading →

Council to finalize insurance switch

Tonight, the City Council will discuss the chance to change Carbondale’s insurance provider for the first time in 20 years as well as an ordinance to lease property to a community garden company. According to the council agenda, the Illinois Municipal ... Continue Reading →

Council approves real estate ordinance for corporation

An ordinance that authorizes the city manager to enter into an agreement with a packaging supply manufacturer was approved during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The ordinance will eventually allow the company Intertape Polymer Corporation to acquire ... Continue Reading →

Fire station for bid in November

It’s only a matter of time before a company is chosen to build the city’s new fire station. After City Council members approved Tuesday to build a station at 401 N. Glenview Drive, the next step will be to put the project up for bid and hire a construction ... Continue Reading →
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