Benton Harbor won't back EFM's debt plan

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email

BENTON HARBOR How much longer will Benton Harbor be under the state's control?

The answer to that question depends on a deficit elimination plan from emergency manager Tony Saunders, and the city commission has rejected his first proposal.

Saunders asked the commission to approve a $2.3 million loan from the state, but they voted 6 to 3 against the idea.

The Herald Palladium reports that commissioners don't want to take on more debt, but without the loan, Saunders says it could take up to 4 years to eliminate the deficit.

As their emergency manager, Saunders can move forward with the loan request, even without the commission's approval.

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