California Town Recommended for Dissolution

The Kern County grand jury concludes that Maricopa no longer has the resources to maintain its status and duties as an incorporated city. One example includes accepting an $8,000 loan from a tow truck operator to make City payroll.

The jury's decision is based on the city's high debt load, its lack of commercial activity generating tax income and the fact that it can't maintain its infrastructure.

Christine Bedell and Gretchen Wenner cover the story for Bakersfield.com:

"Councilwoman S. Cynthia Tonkin, who was just elected to a second stint on the council after being off for several years, said she'll form an opinion on disincorporation after hearing more from her constituents. She's eager to see the city's finances investigated and straightened out.

"It's up to the people of Maricopa," she said. "If they tell us it's time to disincorporate, I go with their wishes.""

If the dissolution goes through, Kern County will take over in providing services to ex-Maricopa residents.

Thanks to Anita Williams

Full Story: Grand jury recommends Maricopa be dissolved as city

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