SAN FRANCISCO — Hercules, Calif., is dealing with a fiscal and political mess that will require an effort worthy of its name to right its finances and pay debt service on $162 million of bonds.

The Bay Area city’s general fund is facing a $6 million shortfall out of an $18 million budget for fiscal 2012, while $5 million in unfunded debt obligations linked to the fund are coming due this year, according to a report prepared for the city by consultants Municipal Resource Group of Danville.

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