Battle Creek City Hall
How do you respond to a projected municipal budget deficit?
Well, if you're Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury, you respond by putting before the City Commission a $227 MILLION DOLLAR "wish-list" hidden in the Capital Improvement Program set to be voted on and approved via Resolution #131 during The Battle Creek City Commission's regular session on Tuesday, May 3.
|Battle Creek City Hall|
|Rebecca Fleury, City Mgr Battle Creek|
"This unrestrained spending during themonths prior to filing bankruptcy constitutes a lack of good-faith and independent grounds for dismissal of this case."
The government concluded its motion to dismiss by stating: "Wherefore since the debts listed in the bankruptcy petition are primarily consumer debts, and since the debtors have the ability, once their income and expenses are correctly reported, to repay all or a significant portion of this debt in a Chapter 13 over three-years and since the debtors should have known not to purchase new vehicles in 2004 so soon before filing bankruptcy, permitting the Debtors to obtain a discharge under Chapter 7 would constitute a substantial abuse of the Bankruptcy Code under In re Behlke, 358 F .3d 429 (6th Cir. 2004) and In re Krohn 886 F .2d 123 (6th Cir. 1989). For this reason, The United States Trustee for Region 9 (Michigan/Ohio) respectfully moves this court to conduct a hearing on this motion and to dismiss under 11 USC Section 707(b), the Debtors petition for relief under Chapter 7."
Her background in finance only adds to the offensive nature of this. The offensive nature only continues to increase when you add in that she learned NOTHING from this bankruptcy and is willing to drive the city of Battle Creek down the same path due to her selfishness, entitlement and lack of financial common sense or restraint by presenting to the commission on Tuesday night; with a straight face mind you-- after admitting to knowing the city is facing a deficit, a $227 Million dollar "wish-list" disguised in the Capital Improvement Program. Just like her bankruptcy-she's not going to have to pay for the $227 million dollar CIP.
Since the shelf life for a city manager in this area is about five years- she will be long gone, stiffing the taxpayers once again with the bill for damages her financial destruction will leave behind.
We have reached out to Rebecca Fleury for comment but as of publication, have not heard back from her.