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Wayne County Commission set to vote on consent agreement

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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.

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