East St. Louis Scrambles to Solve Budget Crisis

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East St. Louis Scrambles to Solve Budget Crisis


Walker Moskop; Tim O'Neil, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


EAST ST. LOUIS * East St. Louis officials said Friday evening that their struggling city is in a dire financial crunch and is looking at a variety of short-term solutions ranging from "stopgap" financing to further cuts and layoffs.

At a press conference at the city's government complex, officials rattled off a litany of challenges, including: unmet pension and workers compensation obligations, declining revenues, gambling revenue being held up by the state's budget impasse, uncollected taxes and fees owed to the city, and lawsuits that have damaged the city's finances.

City officials tried to steer the conversation away from the origin of those problems. "We're not dwelling on how we got there," said City Manager Alvin Parks. "What we are focused on is how we move forward."

How East St. Louis will go about doing that is unclear. A budget that will be presented to the City Council on Monday projects the city's deficit will hit $5.9 million in 2016.

Parks said that before the city could focus on longer-term economic development goals that will raise revenue, it first needed to make it into 2016.

The city recently laid off its public safety director, street superintendent and eight police officers, and reduced firefighter staffing to trim expenses. But the city is planning for more cuts.

Parks said future layoffs were likely, though he didn't specify which departments could be affected. The city has roughly 150 employees, most of them in its police and fire departments, he said.

Parks said the city was considering reducing its expenses to only those that relate to public safety and public health, and had stepped up efforts to collect revenue owed to it.

Officials are also considering obtaining a "stopgap" loan, he said, declining to disclose what lender could provide that.

Parks was one of several officials, including Mayor Emeka Jackson- Hicks, who spoke.

Charlotte Moore, the city's treasurer, said the city was unable to get bank loans because it hadn't completed an audit since 2012.

Parks told reporters after the press conference that the potential stopgap lender "may not be as rigorous with that audit."

He said that if the city was unable to meet its cash needs through more short-term, "creative" methods, and if the state continued to withhold gambling revenue, then the city might not be able to pay employees on time. …

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