East Cleveland asks state to OK bankruptcy petition

East Cleveland asks state to OK bankruptcy petition

CLEVELAND (AP) - The city of East Cleveland has asked the state to approve a petition for municipal bankruptcy.

The move is an effort to keep payroll going and maintain services.

Mayor Gary Norton says it would be a temporary fix for the cost side of the city's economic distress. But he says the real problem is that there isn't enough revenue coming in to support the city.

Last week's request comes after state auditor David Yost's office said in June 2015 that bankruptcy or merging with Cleveland were probably the most viable options for the city.

Norton says merging with Cleveland would create possibilities for economic development, give the city financial tools and add stability.

The tax commissioner's office says it's preparing a response.

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