Is Detroit Nearing Its Own Fiscal Cliff?

November 21, 2012

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing criticizes the City Council for delaying a vote on a contract that he says is necessary to keep the city from running out of cash. The deal would pay the Miller Canfield law firm $300,000 to offer financial advice to the city--a requirement of the financial consent agreement with the state. But the head of the city’s law department, Krystal Crittendon, says Miller Canfield may have a conflict of interest because it helped write the consent agreement. Bing says the council’s inaction means the city won’t get a 10-million dollar payment from the state. The council also put off a vote on selling more than 140 acres of land to Hantz Farms, which would plant thousands of trees at first, but could eventually use the land for urban farming. And it unanimously rejected a contract to overhaul the water department and eliminate most of its jobs. WDET's Pat Batcheller talked about the budget crisis with City Councilmember Saunteel Jenkins. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

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