California Screaming As 4th Muni Bankruptcy Looms in Atwater

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
09/26/2012

Whether Atwater, California will join the prodigious ranks of Stockton, San Bernardino, and Mammoth Lakes to become the 4th Muni bankruptcy is up for vote on October 3rd (before a $2mm bond payment in November). As Bloomberg notes, the 28,000-strong Merced county town is suffering under the same weight of public employee costs, lost revenue, and a stagnant economy leaving it with a $3.3 million budget deficit. While some put their hope in the FB IPO, perhaps Bernanke should have mandated investment in AAPL for all these municipal comptrollers? he median income is 19% below the national average as the foreclosure crisis – which saw Atwater’s median home price drop by more than half – has depleted property-tax revenues dramatically. “We just started negotiating with our unions and they are going to have to take a major cut,” Mayor Joan Faul said. “We hope that once we declare a fiscal emergency, that they will realize that we are definitely in an emergency. If they want to save all the jobs, everyone is going to have to take a cut,”

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