Petersburg makes dent in deficit but leaves small vendors out

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Petersburg is making small dents in its $12M deficit, but some small business owners say they’re being left out.

“It’s nothing but $185 dollars, but I still worked for it and I want my money,” said one local vendor, who didn’t want to be identified.

a1b79b97507646a5a6d963a6e0db149eHe provided transportation services for the city for Parks and Leisure Services on June 12th. After driving the Petersburg Generals to a baseball game in June, he says he’s still waiting to be paid.

After a number of calls to the finance department, the man says officials say they didn’t forget about him but the payment was delayed due to the city’s financial status.

Sandra Tucker also provided transportation services for the Petersburg Generals in May.

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“I called towards the middle of June, and they said it would be towards the end of June when I get it,” she told 8News Reporter Nakell Williams. “I called in July and I still didn’t have it.”

79f79378816644e4b65d199ac1a36d2cAfter nearly four months, Tucker finally got her check for about $200 in the mail.

“Whether it’s a couple of hundred or a couple of thousands people have bills to pay,” she added. “If you are working, you are waiting for that money to pay a bill.”

Vendors say they sympathize with the city digging out of a huge deficit, but they too have bills to pay.

“I pray that they do get things together financially, but if people in upper management are being paid then everybody deserves to be paid,” Tucker said.

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