- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

GREENVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Greenville’s finances are so grim that the southeast Missouri city may need to file for municipal bankruptcy, according to aldermen.

The Greenville Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday not to pay the city’s monthly bills because the money left in Greenville’s coffers wouldn’t cover the balances owed to local businesses and others, the Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/1TB0Agr ) reported.

The city may owe an additional $25,000 in back taxes to the state and federal governments for employee withholdings, which haven’t been paid for at least two years, aldermen said.

“I’ve never seen such a mess in my life,” said Mayor Carroll Rainwater, who took office in April. “I don’t know how it got this way.”

About 30 residents who attended the meeting learned that Greenville has more money to pay for its Fourth of July fireworks display than it does to fund its police force.

“We are down to $6,000. I just want you people to know where we’re at,” Rainwater said. “I’m sure there’s not 10 people in the whole town that know this, but it has to come out sometime.”

An account summary provided by the city shows there’s about $2,800 in the water and sewer account, $3,100 in the general fund, $2,400 in the summer ball account, less than $400 in the police fund, $260 in the cemetery account and $180 in capital improvement funds.

Rainwater said he would have more information and a solution at the next meeting.

“It’s kind of a depressing situation,” he said. “We’re going to find out before the next meeting what the solution is going to be. We may have to restructure.”

Aldermen said the city is still making its payroll. The city employs two full-time police officers, two maintenance workers, a part-time water and sewer department worker, and a city attorney.

Since April, aldermen have voted to replace the city clerk, the city attorney and the police chief, Danny Jaco, who had served the city since 2003.

On Tuesday, the board also voted to instate assistant chief Donny Robinson as the new chief of police and to name Judy Osburn as the clerk.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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