Consultants recommend making Detroit City Council part-time and cutting their staff

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Consultants are recommending the Detroit City Council be cut to part-time status and council's staff be cut to one aide per member. 

The consultants are also recommending that council's fiscal and policy staff be cut to eliminate redundancies in city hall.

The recommendation came from Conway MacKenzie consultants in a presentation this afternoon to the Financial Advisory Board that was established a year ago to help decide whether Detroit needed an Emergency Manager.

The recommendation still has to be reviewed by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit City Council. The final decision would be made by the EM. 

The consultants say they studied similar size cities including Nashville, Cleveland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Charlotte in drawing their conclusions.

They determined Detroit City Council members have an average of 5.8 staff members each compared to 0-3 in those other cities.

The recommended cuts would save $7 1/2 million dollars immediately.

Mayor Bing is set to present his proposed budget to City Council members on Friday. Council has set next week to go over the numbers. 

EM Kevyn Orr still needs to outline the roles elected officials will play and his spokesman Bill Nowling tells 7 Action News that will happen this week in a written order.  

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