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« on: March 22, 2016, 08:39:09 PM »
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Atlantic City Prepares To Shut Down Government

Kate King
Updated March 21, 2016 9:19 p.m. ET
Cash-strapped Atlantic City will shut down all nonessential services starting April 8 unless it receives a financial bailout from New Jersey, the mayor said Monday.

Municipal government would remain closed until at least May 2 when the city receives its quarterly tax payments, according to a statement issued Monday by Mayor Don Guardian.

“The city is in discussions with the state to avoid and forestall what may be an imminent financial predicament,” Mr. Guardian, a Republican, said. “Unfortunately, due to financial circumstances beyond our control, we will be forced to close City Hall.”

The mayor’s plan upped the ante in a standoff between the resort city and Trenton, which is withholding aid as lawmakers angle for state control over the city.

Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he wouldn’t sign legislation to send money to Atlantic City unless the Legislature approved a takeover of city government.

Atlantic City expects to continue providing police and fire protection as well as some public-works services and revenue collection during the shutdown, the mayor said. Nonessential services would be closed effective 4:30 p.m. April 8.

All city employees, including those deemed essential, wouldn’t be paid during the shutdown, Mr. Guardian said. All city employees, though, would continue to receive health benefits, he said.

The city’s workforce totals about 1,000, according to a report issued in January.

Atlantic City’s police officers would report to work even if they “miss a paycheck or two in the meantime,” said police union President Thomas Moynihan.

“We’re disappointed, but hopefully it’s only going to be temporary,” Mr. Moynihan said. “Hopefully we can come to some sort of resolution before this gets too out of hand.”

In January, Mr. Christie said he had reached an agreement with state Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat, to give the state control over the finances of Atlantic City for five years. Messrs. Christie and Sweeney described the proposal as the best way to shore up the city’s finances after years of trouble.

But the takeover proposal, which requires approval of the Legislature, has drawn criticism from officials in Atlantic City and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

Mr. Prieto, a Democrat who opposes provisions in the takeover bill that would allow the state to alter or terminate union contracts, has previously said he wouldn’t put the legislation up for consideration until local and state officials reach a compromise.

On Monday, Mr. Prieto said through a spokesman that his position remained unchanged.

“The governor already has authority to help Atlantic City avoid financial disaster,” he said in a statement. “It’s time for Gov. Christie to do his job and use his existing authority to resolve this once and for all.”

New legislation is unnecessary, Mr. Prieto’s spokesman said, because the Local Government Supervision Act of 1947 already allows the state to control Atlantic City’s finances and government.

A spokesman for Mr. Christie declined to respond Monday, referring instead to comments the governor made last week reiterating his support for the current version of both the takeover and bailout bills, which passed the Senate last week. “If a letter is changed in either bill, it will not be signed,” Mr. Christie said.

A spokesman for Mr. Sweeney declined to comment Monday.

Last month, Mr. Guardian called the proposed takeover a “fascist dictatorship.”

Mr. Moynihan, who also opposes a state takeover, said the city’s impending cash crunch hasn’t changed his position.

“We want to be left with some identity at the end of the day,” he said. “I think if there were some minor adjustments to the bill it would be feasible that everybody could agree on it. That’s what we’re hoping for.”

Assemblyman Chris Brown, a Republican who represents Atlantic City, blamed the Democratic-controlled Legislature for failing to come to an agreement on a bailout.

“The governor doesn’t write the legislation,” he said. “Democrat leadership has chosen to play political games and not properly fund Atlantic City at a point in time when it is so important to our future.”

Mr. Brown said he isn’t sure if he would vote for the takeover bill despite the possibility of a government shutdown.

“I’d have to think about that more, because I have serious issues with the takeover bill as it stands,” he said.

Atlantic City, which has seen its tax base contract 64% since 2010, is deep in debt and unable to raise money in the bond market because of its low credit rating. Officials have warned for months that the city would run out of money as early as April 1.

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