Recall effort underway to remove Mayor Dave Bing

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Mayor Bing may be preparing for a battle on two fronts. First with city council over cash issues and now against a new foe – a possible recall election.

The Detroit City Clerk has confirmed that  the county approved a petition to recall Mayor Dave Bing. The language was approved on November 5.

From that point, organizers have 90 days in which to gather 43,000 signatures.

If the needed signatures are gathered, the Detroit City Clerk's Office would then review them and if they are validated, a special election would be held in May. 

Clerk says it could cost Detroit between $500,000-900,000.

If Bing loses the potential recall election, the winner would still have to run again in the summer 2013 primary and then in the fall general election.

Meanwhile, the city is in dire financial straights – with Detroit staring at non-essential staff furloughs if a deal can't be reached with the state to unlock millions in bond money. The council is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning – a representative from the mayor's office will be there.

The mayor's office says they are focused on helping the city get on track and are not commenting on the recall effort.

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