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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.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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