Bing: Detroit to go broke if lawsuit isn't dropped - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Bing: Detroit to go broke if lawsuit isn't dropped

Posted: Updated:
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing speaks to the media on Friday morning.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Detroit Mayor Dave Bing speaks to the media on Friday morning. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Detroit could be broke in a week if a lawsuit challenging a consent agreement to fix the city's finances is not dropped. That's the bombshell Mayor Dave Bing dropped on Friday.

"We could eventually, in a short period of time, run out of cash," said Bing at a press conference.

Just when you thought the city's deal with the state to keep the lights on was a done deal, here is another legal loophole to tell you about.  Depending on who you ask, it's a back and forth that's "hardball" says Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.

"We're going to have to play and we're going to have to fight for what we feel is right."

He sees this as another snag that needs to play out, but the mayor sees this as more than just hardball.

"It is an emergency. It's a crisis. We've been in a crisis for a long time. This just ups the ante more than anything else, and I think from a leadership standpoint, it's incumbent upon us as leaders to deal with this expeditiously."

Work quickly to reverse what's been done. A lawsuit, and here's where that stems from. The city appointed Krystal Crittendon as Detroit's head lawyer or corporation council. She says the city cannot enter into the financial stability agreement the council narrowly approved in April. The reason?  She says the State of Michigan owes Detroit hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue sharing and millions more in parking tickets and other debts, so Crittendon filed a lawsuit against the state. The state, in turn, says they may have to hold back on the $80-million that was agreed on to pay out to the city.

The mayor says his hands are tied.  He alone can't do anything but try to convince Crittendon to change her mind and drop the suit.

And so the city says they'll run out of cash soon.

Municipal attorney Patrick McCalley told us the state will have to show that the financial stability agreement is what's best for the city.

"They may also have the option of saying this lawsuit has, in essence, created a default by the city under the financial stability agreement such that the state now has other remedies, including seeking a receiver and the appointment of an emergency financial manager.  So, that could be the state's counter to the lawsuit right now."

And so we see the corporation council has a lot more power than you may have thought. The revised charter gives her the power to challenge the consent agreement even if the mayor isn't on board.

What's the next move for the mayor and for this deal?

The mayor had planned to meet with city council on Friday morning, but because they didn't post the meeting in the 24 hours notice that they should have given, they have rescheduled it for Monday morning at 8:00 a.m.  Also, an Ingham County judge is holding a hearing on this entire case on Wednesday. He'll have to weigh in on the validity of this lawsuit.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices