CLIO — Since being sworn in as mayor of Clio in July, Ben Petrone has worked hard to get a hand on the town’s state of affairs.
“The situation was worse than I thought,” he said.
With the town behind on several fiscal year audits, Petrone thought initially he could get the state to release some funds they had been holding but he was told no.
The only things those funds could be released to pay for were the health insurance and pension for town employees.
The town is in a catch-22. The town needs the audits to be completed but can’t afford to pay for them out of the general fund.
“If we can’t pay for them, and they are not going to get done, then we are going further and further in the hole.