East St. Louis Councilmen: Not Mathemeticians, But City is Going Bankrupt
|East Boogie will not pass go, collect $200|
The city hoped the East St. Louis police and fire boards would lend them the cash but the agencies rebuffed the request on the grounds that the city has already violated contracts with city workers and won't be able to repay the debt.
The bankruptcy idea is being floated by councilmen Delbert Marion and Roy Moseley, opponents of Mayor Alvin Parks. The city has a $5 million budget deficit and recently rejected a proposal that would have required furlough days and a 22.5 percent pay-cut for all city employees.
Marion told the Belleville News-Democrat last week:
"Without being a mathematician, a budget expert or certified public accountant, I am no expert. But, I do know that with no money coming in, the likelihood of the city filing bankruptcy is looking very, very prominent.The budget shortfall is being blamed on slumping revenue from the Casino Queen, expensive lawsuits involving the police department and the economy.