Bing vows to veto city council budget

May 24, 2011

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he'll veto the city council's budget bill. The council budget cuts spending by $50 million dollars more than the mayor wants.

 Detroit City Council voted 8-1 in favor of their plan. But Mayor Bing says adoption of his $3.1 billion dollar budget is crucial if Detroit is to avoid having Governor Rick Snyder step in and appoint an emergency manager to steer the city out of a $155 million dollar deficit.

But many on the council say the mayor’s budget is overly optimistic and the $200 million dollars in cuts he proposed is far short of what's needed.

In addition to the Mayor’s cuts, City Council wants to cut $12 million dollars from the police and fire budgets, and reduce city subsidies to cultural institutions such as Eastern Market, the Detroit Historical Museum and Detroit Institute of Arts by 25 percent.

The city's new fiscal year starts July 1.