Virginia city seeks state aid with finances

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — The city of Petersburg is seeking state aid as it deals starts the new fiscal year off with an estimated $7.5 million budget deficit.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that part of the citys deficit includes $2 million owed to the citys public school system.

Petersburg financial troubles have been long running. The city council fired the city manager in March, and the city attorney resigned on the same day. The citys finance director left in April.

Gov. Terry McAuliffes spokesman said the state will help by first conducting an assessment of the citys finances.

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