Following is the statement I gave to the Antioch City Council, tonight.
I question if you really care about this city over your personal, political wants. By paying labor agreements that lack actual funding, is a knife in the back of Antioch before you are out the door. I hope the labor unions that you have talked to fully understand how bankruptcy of a city can impact personal incomes. Tonight, you’re putting Antioch in a position of almost certain bankruptcy.
We already carry major unfunded debt on our books and now you add an additional burden for your successors to deal with. And that can only be seen as a political move.
I figure if you lay this groundwork tonight and hurt this city, as I know you will, you then as the knights in shining armor, can ride back in during the next elections and pretend to save the day.
Tonight you plan on taking advantage of a city that is already bruised, battered, underfunded and unsafe, for what purpose? For the betterment of our city? Or for the appeasement of your political base and to grease the skids for your future election.
Hold off any vote and let the new council decide what is best in managing the budget as they will hold the responsibility and accountability to our city and its future.