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Bing Confidant: Emergency Financial Manager ‘Inevitable’

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DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s a budget-mandated furlough day in Detroit. That means most major city offices will be closed, including city council, the mayor’s office, the health department and public works. Detroit has been using the unpaid days off as a way to save money.

Meanwhile, the State has said it will begin a 30-day review of Detroit’s finances on Tuesday, and a confidant of Mayor Dave Bing says an emergency manager is the city’s only way out of its current financial problems.

Mayor Dave Bing’s former campaign manager and chief administrative officer Charlie Beckham says many mayors put off making tough choices and now it’s D-day in Detroit. He believes an emergency manager is on the way.

“An emergency manager has got to be looked at as something that’s going to help us. That’s why it’s so important that we, at least, play a role and have some input as to who that emergency manager will be. But I think it’s inevitable that they’re coming in. There’s no question about that,” says Beckham.

And he adds, “It’s the only way I think we can solve it. I think we’re so far down the road now that we don’t have the resources and capability now to solve it for ourselves, quickly.”

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