Vallejo Delays Bankruptcy Vote

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

On Tuesday night, Vallejo City Council members were supposed to vote on a new fiscal plan and labor union contract…designed to keep the city out of bankruptcy. But that didn’t happen.

City Councilwoman Stephanie Gomes. 

"We were promised April 22nd would be the day that we would have an action to vote on and I have no action before me and in my mind inaction hurts us more in the long run." 

What’s the hold up? After a month-and-a-half of talks, city negotiators still haven’t reached an agreement on additional concessions from police and fire unions…which take nearly 75% of the city’s general fund. Union leaders say the salaries come because officers and firefighters have to work too much overtime.

Now Vallejo has a new deadline of May 6th to work out a deal or become one of the only cities in California to file for bankruptcy.