Detroit City Council To Vote On Financial Stability Agreement
DETROIT (WWJ) – UPDATE 4 p.m.: No vote Monday.
In the latest twist on Detroit’s ongoing financial crisis, City Council could be voting on what it calls a proposed financial stability agreement as early as Monday.
If it’s voted down, Governor Rick Snyder could be forced to appoint an emergency manager.
The proposal does not include any money from the state — which has irked some city leaders. One of the city’s largest unions, AFSCME, is suing Snyder, claiming the agreement was crafted in secret, violating the state’s Open Meetings Act.
This is just the latest in the struggle over control of Detroit finances between the city and state. The state proposed a consent agreement that would give an outside nine-member board control of the city’s books, and charge them with cutting the budget through department consolidation and other methods.
City officials are fighting it, saying it takes away their rights to control the budget that they were elected to control. Many residents are also upset, saying it eliminates their ability to have their own elected leaders take care of business. Meetings have recently gotten out of control, with Rev. Malik Shabazz saying at a public meeting residents would “burn the city down” before letting outsiders control it.
Caller Marcus from Detroit, who described himself as a civil rights activist, asked Shabazz during an interview on the Charlie Langton show: “Where were you coming from with the ‘burn it down’ line?”
“Out of pain, I spoke the other day out of pain, out of a sense of misery, out of a sense of anger, out of a sense of major disappointment, not only with today, but a historical analysis, a historical perspective, a global perspective,” Shabazz said.