ST. JACOB – A tiny southwestern Illinois village's budget troubles have effectively shut the town down.
The 1,100-resident village of St. Jacob in Madison County is without police, a village clerk and public works after trustees failed to approve a budget Thursday night, the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/NZpF3k ) reported.
That move came after three trustees voted not to sign off on the $1 million spending plan because of discrepancies involving travel expenses and dues.
"I'm tired of this," said Tim Biggins, a resident of the village, east of St. Louis. "At the meetings, they fight like kids, now we are left with nobody running the water, sewer and police."
Mayor Ray Muniz said he hopes the fact that village workers are laid off will encourage trustees to get back to the table and pass the budget soon.
Six full-time village employees are laid off along with nine who work part time. Muniz said water service, utilities and trash collection are fine for now.
But the mayor worries about sewer backups and vows to voluntarily clear any ditches that clog or overflow with rainwater.
Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com