PRIMA RiskWatch
May. 16, 2013

New York City's $7.8 billion budget liability
Epoch Times
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will give the next mayor of New York City a balanced budget to begin the new mayoralty, however, what is missing from the balance sheet could present the most trouble for his successor. More than 100 contracts with unionized city workers have not been renegotiated for years, and liabilities are accruing for the city.More

New Hampshire city takes on parking meter Robin Hoods
Business Insurance
Real-life Robin Hoods are being hunted — not by the Sheriff of Nottingham, but by the city of Keene, N.H. The group, which refers to itself as Robin Hood and the Merry Men and Women, patrols the streets of Keene and feeds people's parking meters before a ticket can be issued by parking enforcement officers. More

A year after fire, landfill insurance claim remains in dispute
Iowa City Press-Citizen
A fire-stricken landfill cell wasn't included on an insurance policy list of municipal assets last year, but that might not stop the city of Iowa City, Iowa, from pursuing legal action against its insurance provider. Approaching one year since a weekslong fire at the Iowa City landfill that caused an estimated $3.5 million in damage, the status of the city's insurance claim remains in dispute.More

Liability claims against police plunge
Whittier Daily News
Claims against the city related to the police department have plunged in the past two years by 75 percent. "That's a pretty impressive figure," said Mayor Bob Henderson, who said he noticed the trend while going over various city funds to see if they were in balance.More

New report finds fiscal troubles for dozens of city halls across Michigan
Bridge Magazine via
While the financial problems of Detroit have captured the headlines this spring, a new analysis released recently on government finance finds that dozens of Michigan communities may be on a course for crisis. According to Munetrix, a Web-based data consultant in Auburn Hills, dozens of local units of government were in a financial state that is "cause for concern" in their 2011 fiscal years.More

City of Portland, Ore., sued over workplace fragrances
A Bureau of Maintenance employee has sued the City of Portland, Ore., claiming she was sickened by personal fragrances. Julie Reynolds' suit claims that she suffers from a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, that is triggered by a wide variety of chemicals contained in scent-bearing products like perfume and hand lotion.More

Spa City, W.Va., ex-police chief agree to settle lawsuit over dismissal
The Register-Herald
An air of mystery surrounds the purported settlement of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former Police Chief James Hylton against the Spa City, W.Va. Hylton sued the city in June of last year, claiming a violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act occurred when Mayor Thomas Taylor fired him Feb. 3, 2012.More