Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It’s Not Just the Citizens Behind On Bills

Tens of millions of us are behind or struggling to pay our own bills each month. We are not alone. Here are some city and states that are also having money problems. Last year, city government revenues in the United States fell by 2.3 percent, the fifth year in a row that we have seen a decline.  Meanwhile, costs associated with health care, pensions and virtually everything else continue to explode. The story shows that 72 percent of all U.S. cities are laying workers off this year.
The City of Baltimore is being sued for almost six million dollars by a contractor who says it was not paid for snow removal from the Blizzards of 2010.
The majority of street lights have been removed from Highland Park, Michigan that was having trouble paying its electricity bill. DTE Energy Company has already repossessed 1,400 street lights in Highland Park as a part of a deal to forgive $4 million in unpaid bills going back at least five years.
A key subcontractor on the Cheney Stadium renovation project has sued the City of Tacoma and its general contractor, the M.A. Mortenson Co., amid claims it’s still owed more than $400,000 for work on the ballpark.
South Tucson needs Pima County to bail it out. This time it's for $1.4 million in delinquent jail costs that the little city simply can't afford. Portions of the bills date back a decade, the Star's Kellie Mejdrich recently reported.
An eastern Kentucky city has gone months without paying their electric bill at the water plant. Now the entire community could soon be left without clean water.
Harrisburg will be able to pay its bills and employees through the end of the year; the city appears headed for a state takeover.
COLUMBIA -- The South Carolina Department of Transportation is having trouble paying its bills on time, falling behind on payments of major construction loans and potentially putting jobs at risk and road and bridge improvements in peril.
NATICK — The Natick Housing Authority is approximately $350,000 in debt, has been spending money it doesn't have for four years and Executive Director Ed Santos said he knew about it for at least a year without telling the Board of Commissioners.
Nearly every major city in New Jersey is laying off frightening numbers of police officers, from Atlantic City and Camden, to Trenton and Paterson.
Cash-strapped Topeka, Kansas, has decided to stop prosecuting domestic violence cases in order to save money.
Oakland’s Police Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism.
Prichard Alabama did something that pension experts say they have never seen before: it stopped sending monthly pension checks to its 150 retired workers.
SPIRITWOOD, N.D rips up asphalt roads and replaces them with gravel because gravel is cheaper to maintain.

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