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Governor Rick Snyder said he is willing to hear a counterproposal that would avert a state takeover of Detroit (9845MF), Michigan’s largest city.
Snyder, a Republican, on March 13 announced plans for a nine-member advisory board that would help devise ways to erase a municipal deficit approaching $270 million. Democratic Mayor Dave Bing and some City Council members rejected that move, saying it disenfranchised citizens. They will draw up their own plan, Bing’s office said in a statement today.
Snyder told reporters in Lansing today that any agreement should include an advisory board in charge of city finances.
“I’m open-minded to feedback on how it works,” he said. “It could be a very helpful role. It doesn’t have to be an adversarial role.”
Under Snyder’s original plan, the state would delay a declaration of financial emergency and the advisory board would assume control of Detroit’s finances, including the power to appoint the city’s chief operating and chief financial officers.
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