Council delays vote on contract tied to overhaul

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Detroit City Council members have taken no action on a contract required by Michigan the city to get cash needed to pay its bills.

The council voted 8-1 Tuesday to delay a decision on the deal that would pay the Miller Canfield law firm $300,000 to advise Mayor Dave Bing on financial matters.

Bing says the delay means the state won't release $10 million in bond money Tuesday and that "it will be more difficult for the city to maintain its liquidity" until Detroit collects property taxes in January.

The contract is one of several milestones tied to the city's financial overhaul plan.

City corporation counsel Krystal Crittendon told the council Tuesday that the contract could be a conflict of interest because Miller Canfield wrote the milestone agreements.

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