Detroit May Not Be In 'Severe Financial Stress'

According to a team reviewing the city's finances, a state-appointed emergency manager may not have to be put in place, indicating that Detroit isn't necessarily going broke. However, the city and union leaders must act quickly to prove so.

"The recent preliminary review from the state showed the city faces a nearly $200 million general fund deficit for 2011 and has taken on mounting debt to keep the city afloat.

Auditors had said Detroit could run out of money as early as April, but Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said recently that it won't because of cost-cutting and other measures taking effect.

Longer-term avoidance of a cash crisis likely depends on concessions not yet reached.

Bing's 18-month plan calls for $102 million in savings through June and $258 million over the 2013 fiscal year."

Thanks to Michael Snidal

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