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Fri February 10, 2012
Detroit police agree to tentative deal as city fights possible takeover
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced a tentative deal has been reached with police unions, as the city tries to head off a threatened state takeover.
The size of Detroit’s deficit is in dispute, but the city could run out of cash by April.
A state review team is investigating whether Detroit needs an emergency manager. That person could set aside union contracts under current state law.
Bing says the city can fix its own financial problems. Last week most non-uniformed city unions agreed to take cuts.
No details are available yet about the tentative deal with police. Rank and file officers would still have to ratify the cuts; the firefighters union has yet to agree to concessions.
The state review team has until March 9th to submit a report on whether it recommends an emergency manager for Detroit.