- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - The mayor of East St. Louis says the city may not be able to avoid layoffs because of a projected $5.7 million budget deficit.

Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks said Sunday during a news conference that since she has taken office in May her staff has found documents from previous administrations that show “waste, abuse, theft and neglect” of city resources. She said it has interfered with city government’s ability to “operate and function successfully.”

The mayor says layoffs are possible in every department including police and fire.

Jackson-Hicks said budget woes also “could lead to payless paydays” this year for city employees. She says the city has relied on revenue from a casino tax but it has fallen from $11 million in 2007 to $6.3 million for the upcoming budget.

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