CAHOKIA, Ill. — Voters in Cahokia, Centreville and Alorton will be asked in November to decide whether they want to merge their communities and become one city.
Leaders cited severe population decline in each community as the reason for the merger. One larger city would help attract more federal funding to help pay for infrastructure, schools, public safety and other improvements.
“The numbers show that there has been a gradual decline over the last couple of years, and I think right now we’ve reached a critical point if we’re going to salvage our cities to get some help to maintain what we have, and I think the citizens will benefit from it because the numbers don’t lie,” Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall Jr. said.
The Cahokia Village Board last month approved a measure to share research costs related to the possible consolidation.
In the March primary, voters in Alorton and Centreville approved a referendum that would consolidate the two towns