WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - The new mayor of Washington Park in southern Illinois says she’s asking the state comptroller for money after the village’s employees went without a paycheck.
Washington Park’s ten full-time employees weren’t paid on Friday. The Belleville News-Democrat reported Wednesday that the Illinois suburb of St. Louis is between $3.2 million and $7 million in debt. Mayor Ann Rodgers says the village needs at least $32,000 to meet payroll twice per month. She says that account is $6,000 short.
The mayor says the village is working out details on furloughs. She says she hopes lay-offs can be avoided.
The village owes more than $450,000 to the Internal Revenue Service and $680,000 to the state unemployment office.