Bing seeking steep cuts from City Council budget

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Mayor Dave Bing is proposing to cut the Detroit City Council's budget by $4 million and reduce the board's staff, allowing only one personal aide per member.

The recommendations are part of the city's 2013-14 budget that Bing will present Friday morning to the nine-member Council.

The Council currently has an $11 million budget. A city consultant's report has suggested that the council be made part-time and that its staff be cut by 78 positions.

The new budget will be the first while the city is under state oversight.

Last month, the state hired bankruptcy lawyer and turnaround specialist Kevyn Orr to control Detroit's finances as the city's emergency manager.

Detroit's budget deficit is about $327 million. The city has more than $14 billion in long-term debt.

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