Mayor Bing Wraps Up Final Counter Proposal

DETROIT (WWJ) – Mayor Dave Bing plans to have a final draft of his counter proposal done by the end of the week.

Bing said work continues despite a judge’s ruling that said that the state cannot enter into a consent agreement with the city of Detroit until Mar. 29 when the key ruling is expected.

Bing is opposed to a state takeover of the city and is also opposed to a consent agreement that’s been proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

He has his own ideas.

“We will continue with our counter proposal. We have met with the majority of the city council. We’re getting all of their input. We’re including that in the counter proposal,” Bing said.

Bing would like to name his key executives. “I feel like I should have the responsibility as far as my executive staff is concerned,” he said.

Bing said his proposal, like the one proposed by the state, does include an advisory board.

“The governor will choose two, the mayor’s office will choose two, the council and the mayor’s office will choose one and the state will have four. It is a little different than what was put out to us in the beginning,” Bing said.

“We want to control our destiny here. So we don’t want to give up the authority,” he said. “What I came in this office to do was to help fix a broken system, a broken city and it has not been an easy job.”

“It’s time for us to come together and get to try to get this done,” said Bing.

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