DETROIT (WWJ) – Wayne County is struggling to eliminate a $160 million budge deficit, some key departments are looking at cuts to their bottom line.
Although times are tough, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told Commissioners, Thursday, this is not the time to slash $1.6 million from her budget.
“Crime rates for Detroit increased by 16 percent, according to the Chief of Police at his town hall meeting presentation,” said Worthy.
“So, why is the chief law enforcement officer of the county, why would our funding then be decreased? Just ask yourself who’s going to prosecute the people and run this office the way that we have … and go far beyond trying to reach the aspects pf the bludgeoning crime rate that we have,” he said.
Worthy reminded Commissioners that she balances her budget each year unlike some other departments and is successful in winning grants to help fund programs.
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has proposed across the board cuts. Citizens came out by the dozen, Thursday, to voice their concerns. (More on this, here).