Detroit Council Will Appeal Governor’s Takeover Declaration

The Detroit City Council voted today to appeal Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s declaration that would let him install an emergency financial manager, an aide to President Pro Tem Gary Brown said.

The appeal will be heard in Lansing at 10 a.m. March 12, Marcel Hurt, Brown’s policy director, said in a telephone interview.

Snyder declared March 4 that Detroit is in a financial emergency with no satisfactory plan to reverse it, a step allowing the appointment of an official to take charge of finances.

Mayor Dave Bing said in a statement that while he agrees with the council that the city has a plan to stabilize its finances, an emergency manager will probably be named.

“The fighting must stop now,” Bing said in the e-mailed statement. “We need to end the drama and infighting and understand that whether we like it or not, an emergency financial manager is coming to Detroit.”

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