DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing sent a series of tweets out on his Twitter account Thursday blasting Governor Rick Snyder's proposed Consent Agreement for the city of Detroit.
Below are the tweets Mayor Bing sent out Thursday morning:
"I feel strongly that whatever consent agreement structure the City has, it must keep elected officials in control of Detroit."
"The nine-member advisory board resembles an emergency manager with majority of the votes going to the state."
"The agreement prevents me from choosing my own executive staff to implement restructuring. They are appointed and directed by the board."
"It also diminishes the power of the City Council as the legislative body in the restructuring process."
Staff members from both Mayor Dave Bing's office and Detroit City Council are working on a counter-proposal to the proposed Consent Agreement.
Mayor Bing has been very vocal about his feelings on the matter. He is upset with Governor Snyder for handing him the proposed consent agreement last week and telling the mayor he had an hour to accept it.
During an hour-long community conversation at Wayne County Community College Wednesday he told the crowd that he was unhappy with the proposal.
"If you hand me a twenty-one page document and expect me to sign it you're nuts, you're nuts," Bing said.
He went on to say the agreement would strip him and city council members of their authority and that the agreement would itself become an Emergency Manager, but instead of one person - there would be nine.
He's referring to members of a financial advisory board. The Mayor says six of the nine people would be controlled by the Governor and the State Treasurer.
"They want the mayor and council to sit on the sidelines. That's unacceptable and I believe unconstitutional," Bing said.
The Governor's spokesperson Geralyn Lasher responded saying, "It's extremely disappointing for the mayor to say such false things."
She added the bottom line is the city has not been able to solve the crisis on its own and the citizens need the services they deserve.
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