DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Mayor Dave Bing has announced a plan aimed at lighting some of Detroit’s most darkened streets and freeways.
The strategy released Friday calls for a backlog of 3,300 reported light outages to be fixed within six months after the creation of a public lighting authority.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
But the authority requires passage of a bill in the state Legislature allowing communities to establish lighting authorities. Bing said the plan also needs the passage of a utility users’ tax and suspension of an income tax rollback.
A plan that would have set up a commission to earmark taxes and sell bonds to fix the lights in Detroit stalled in the state Senate in June, following a contentious debate.READ MORE: Volvo Adds 195,000 Vehicles To Recall For Dangerous Air Bags
Bing said he expects the legislation impacting his plan to be taken up again in Lansing next Wednesday, when the Legislature reconvenes for one day.
The plan’s total cost would be about $160 million, with most paid through bond sales by the authority.
Officials have estimated that there are more than 40,000 broken lights and poles in the city — about 60 percent of all Detroit street lights.MORE NEWS: McLaren Will Pay $5M, Not $20M, In Flint Water Settlement
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