Detroit Lawyer Still Fighting Judge on State's Financial Takeover of City
10 months ago
Files last-minute request to overturn decision
Detroit's lead attorney Krystal Crittendon is still challenging the city's new consent agreement with the state of Michigan, according to the Detroit News.
The deal keeps Detroit elected officials in place but gives the state significant control over the city's finances. The plan restructured Detroit government so that it is controlled by a nine-member, non-elected Financial Advisory Board to oversee the city's financial restructuring.
The City Council approved the consent agreement, 5-4, on April 4.
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But Crittendon's lawsuit alleges the illegality of the agreement to takeover the city’s finances, saying it was void because the state owes $4.7 million in water bills, has outstanding parking tickets and owes $224 million in past revenue-sharing payments.
Crittendon filed a last-minute request asking an Ingham County judge to reconsider his dismissal of her lawsuit last month.
The consent agreement would start July 12.
It would also free the city from negotiating with employees meaning when a union contract expires, the city can let it lapse and set wages and benefits unilaterally.