Mayor's office: New budget is part of vision for new Detroit

Published On: Apr 11 2012 04:15:21 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 12 2012 05:24:03 PM EDT

There is no surprise that the cash-strapped city would need a budget with intense cuts. But does it include the right cuts?

DETROIT -

The battle to rescue Detroit from its money troubles entered a new phase Thursday when the mayor’s office delivered a new budget to the City Council.

Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis presented the budget, which was prepared under the constraints of a consent agreement the city now has with the state.

Lewis said the said the new budget reflects the "new reality for the city of Detroit."

READ: Kirk Lewis budget presentation

Lewis said the proposed budget includes a $100 million surplus, but features cuts to city services and staffing.

READ: Detroit 2012-2013 budget

Detroit faces a $200 million budget deficit and $13.2 billion in structural debt.

Detroit mayor Dave Bing recovering

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Lewis has stepped into a more prominent leadership position as the city's 68-year-old mayor recovers from a string of health issues.

He recently underwent surgery for a perforated colon and was readmitted last week for treatment of blood clots in his lungs.

Bing is expected to return to office by the end of the month. His office says he continues to be involved in city operations through regular meetings with Lewis and other members of the staff.

Detroit, state working together on consent agreement

Detroit City Council 2 442012
The city and state approved a consent agreement last week to try to stave off the possibility of an emergency manager.

Under the agreement, Bing will need to create the positions of a new chief financial officer and a program manager and then hire them with approval by the governor.

The governor, mayor and city council also have a month to appoint a nine-member financial advisory board to help run the city. 

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