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Wayne County Commission set to vote on consent agreement

Aug 5, 2015

Wayne County government headquarters, Detroit's Guardian building.
Credit State of Michigan

Wayne County commissioners will officially decide Thursday how to tackle the county’s financial emergency.

Michigan’s largest county has reported a running budget gap of around $50 million a year, prompting Wayne County Executive Warren Evans to ask the state to step in.

Last week, as expected, Governor Snyder confirmed a state review team’s determination of financial emergency.

Michigan’s emergency manager law lays out the options commissioners can consider moving forward — bankruptcy, an emergency manager, a consent agreement worked out with the state, or a neutral evaluation/mediation process.

Evans has pushed for a consent agreement from the start, and told Commissioners it was the county's "only rational option" Wednesday.

The commission must vote on the matter at its regularly-scheduled meeting Thursday, within seven days of the governor’s confirmation.