City Council discusses Detroit's financial crisis, expected to vote on budget amendment Wednesday

DETROIT (WXYZ) - During a formal Detroit City Council Session, it was agreed upon that a vote on the proposed budget amendment would take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The amendment is needed because the city owes tens of millions to a pension fund. The money was somehow left out of the budget due to a mistake made by a former member of the mayor's administration. 

Detroit is projected to have a cash shortfall this month, leading some to believe that they will not be able to make payroll.  The mayor's office reassured council that would not happen, but said cuts are needed.

City Council had previously voted down a contract with Miller Canfield. That vote could prevent the city from collection millions from the state - money that is needed to keep the city from going broke by the end of the year.

Council did not approved a contract with the law firm over their concerns about the role the law firm played in drafting the consent agreement. A contract with Miller Canfield was part of the "Milestone" agreement that brought financial aid to the city from the state of Michigan.

Among the items also addressed at the meeting were council's concerns that Mayor Bing is waiting until January to enact furloughs. Council is also concerned that he is waiting until February to issue layoff notices.

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