DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Dave Bing acknowledged Wednesday that an emergency manager will be appointed to oversee Detroit's finances and said he won't participate in the city's appeal of a report criticizing local officials for their handling of the economic mess.
The City Council approved a resolution authorizing an appeal of Gov. Rick Snyder's finding that an outside overseer is warranted because Detroit is in a financial emergency with no good plan to get out of it.
Bing, who had the option of either joining that appeal or filing his own, told reporters that he sees no way of avoiding an emergency manager, even though he opposes it.
"We need to end the drama and the infighting and understand that whether we like it or not, an emergency financial manager is coming to Detroit," Bing said.
Under Michigan law, emergency managers have the power to develop financial plans, renegotiate labor contracts, revise and approve budgets to help control spending, sell off some city assets and suspend elected officials' salaries.
Snyder said Friday he agrees with a state-appointed review team that spent two months delving into Detroit's finances. The city's budget deficit is at $327 million. It also has long-term debt topping $14 billion and has had trouble in recent months making payroll and paying other bills.
He scheduled a hearing date for next Tuesday in case his decision was appealed. Chief Deputy Treasurer Mary MacDowell will preside over that hearing in Lansing as Snyder's designee, spokesman Terry Stanton said.
"There is no statutory time frame for the governor to either confirm or revoke his determination that a financial emergency exists in Detroit," Stanton wrote in an email to the Associated Press.
Bing said he met with Snyder this week in Lansing and concluded efforts to head off a manager will be fruitless.
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