Judge Rules Detroit Can't Sign Consent Agreement Without His Approval

Decision adds another wrinkle to ongoing debate between Michigan and Detroit leaders.
March 21, 2012

An Ingham County Circuit judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Michigan and cash-strapped Detroit cannot enter a consent agreement without his approval, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The ruling by Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette could be another obstacle in the heated debate between the state and local governments about what sort of oversight Detroit should fall under.

Today, a state financial review team will review its options and consider what recommendations it will make to Gov. Rick Snyder, the newspaper reports.

Snyder has proposed a consent agreement that would give the city financial aid in exchange for accepting state oversight. That oversight wouldn't be an onerous as that facing several other Michigan cities who are operating under state-appointed emergency managers that wield almost unilateral decision-making power over localities. But local leaders would still be giving up more authority than they'd like.

The newspaper says the judge's ruling "could reduce the immediate pressure on Detroit officials to reach an agreement."


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