ACMUA Bruce Ward and AC Mayor Don Guardian speak at the press conference outside of the ACMUA Building in Atlantic City. Monday September 26 2016 Atlantic City announces plans for the ACMUA to buy Atlantic City's Bader Field property. (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian got a special call during his monthly 'Ask the Mayor' segment on WPG Tuesday night.

Councilman Frank Gilliam called in to question the mayor as Guardian was talking to host Harry Hurley about the city's plan to avoid a state takeover.

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Guardian, who released a lengthy statement on Monday detailing the steps his administration had taken to save the city money and fix its budgetary issues, said he had spent six hours Tuesday on the city's final plan to prevent the state takeover.

The plan, which is expected to be released in the next few weeks, could be as long as 125 pages, Guardian said.

Guardian also talked about the recent letter from the state, telling the city it may need to raise its taxes again after the city submitted its most recent budget.

"We can't do anything without the state...the state is fully aware of what we're doing,"Guardian said.

Then Gilliam called in to press Guardian on what exactly would be in the final plan.

It started poorly and went downhill from there.

At one point, Gilliam forced Guardian to explain that the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority would likely have to raise its commercial water rates to pay for the $110 million Bader Field purchase. The City Council is set to vote on that agreement Wednesday night.

The conversation took up the entire segment. Follow @_hetrick and @acpresshuba Wednesday night for full coverage of the Atlantic City Council meeting and watch live here on pressofac.com.

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