Governor Rick Snyder said he still hopes to reach a deal with Detroit officials that would avert the naming of an emergency manager to run the city.
The governor said the agreement has to include specific targets for the city to meet, but he said a deal could keep much of the day-to-day operations under control of city officials.
“Part of it is it’s difficult to explain in some context because we’re still working on the agreement, but when it comes out I think you’ll see it’s really about project management assistance and really good oversight to make sure projects get done,” Snyder said. “It’s not about running an entire community.”
But not meeting the terms of a consent agreement would trigger the law that allows the governor to place an emergency manager in control.
The governor also said he is not yet satisfied with the level of savings he’s seen in bargaining with city employee unions.
The Detroit city council is working on a plan to borrow money to help meet its cash crisis. The plan would require the approval of the state.