Agenda 21 & Bankruptcy

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Sustainable Development & Bankrupt cities & utilities


They’re going down like bowling pins; municipalities, public utilities. The website, Governing.com promises ongoing updates of this bankruptcy map.  The media always cites government employee pension plans and I’m sure that burden is a major factor.  Rarely mentioned is the huge and unpublicized cost of  participation in U.N. Agenda 21/ICLEI/Sustainable Development schemes. 
Click on the city names below for a link to their sustainable development plan.
Stockton, CA
Status: Filed for bankruptcy
Date: 6/28/2012
Debt or Deficit Amount: $26 million
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Status: Filed for bankruptcy
Date: 7/3/2012
Debt or Deficit Amount: $43 million
San Bernardino, CA
Status: Filed for bankruptcy
Date: 8/1/2012
Debt or Deficit Amount: $46 million

 
Boise County, ID
Status: Bankruptcy filing rejected
Date: 9/8/2011
Debt or Deficit Amount:$5.4 million 
 
Jefferson County, AL
Status: Filed for bankruptcy
Date: 11/9/2011
Debt or Deficit Amount:More than $4 billion
 
Harrisburg, PA
Status: Bankruptcy filing rejected, defaulted on payments
Date: 3/10/2012
Debt or Deficit Amount: More than $300 million
 
These may be just the tip of the iceberg.   The map below is an indication of current ICLEI-affiliated municipalities.   How many more local governments will hit the wall?


ICLEI-USA Full Member List is here

 
 
 
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0 responses to “Agenda 21 & Bankruptcy

  1. Good point, LTG! – that Agenda 21 (by whatever name) expenses contribute to these municipal bankruptcies. Do we know, is there a way to find out how much?

     
    • Agenda 21 sustainability is comprehensive in addressing environmental issues; air/water quality, waste management, energy use, high-density housing, community redevelopment, mass transit and elaborate bike trails. Any combination of these projects financed with levies and bonds can bring down a municpal budget in this economic climate. Compliance with California’s new energy standards will probably bring down many more small towns.
      I believe the State of Alabama’s recent repudiation of Agenda 21 is a result of the massive Jefferson County bankruptcy.

       
  2. Oh damn, my hometown is on that list.

     
  3. Homeschool Mama

    Where I live, public schools were to have started this last week. They are not. They are in such a budget crisis that school billboards state, “Schools closed until further notice.” Glad we homeschool!

     
  4. We’re in great shape here. We can’t pollute the water since we’ve had no rain. We can’t go out because it’s been too hot. Everything would be great if we could keep kids from shooting each other.

     
    • I know how I melt in the heat ,these days….
      hang in there…you may have a case of what we call “cabin-fever”.
      Relief is on the way… it was 45*F this morning ! 🙂
      …better teach the kids to drop,duck,run,dodge and weave.

       
  5. Thank you LTG for this interesting post. It will be interesting to see how these municipalities restructure themselves, since this is not a common type of filing under the Bankruptcy Code.

     

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