HIGHLAND PARK (WWJ) – The state continues to take a close look at the financial books of Detroit — with the threat of an emergency manager overhead. Could another metro Detroit community soon be next?
WWJ’s City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas reported that Highland Park Mayor-elect DeAndre Windom hasn’t even been sworn in yet. That’ll happen this week.READ MORE: Protestors In Detroit Petition To Grant Immigrant Status To Haitian Migrants
But Windom said that, in conversations with the state, talk of appointing an emergency manager has come up. The city is dealing with a $1.5 million deficit.READ MORE: First Lady Jill Biden To Visit Royal Oak On Friday
“It was a heavy load,” Windom said. “That was a hard pill to swallow. And, I’m a very confident young man. I believe that I am equipped and that God has put me in this position to move forward … but the day that that conversation arose, it shook me.”MORE NEWS: Michigan Budget Boosts Child Care, Keeps Caregiver Pay Hike
Windom has submitted a plan to the state and said that, hopefully, he will keep them at bay for the time being.