Oops, They Did It Again
Hamtramck finds itself in arrears due to sandbox squabbles among city administrators.
Published: June 26, 2013
“While several city councilmembers we interviewed seemed individually knowledgeable regarding the city’s financial condition, the members of that body seemed unable to function collectively in a coherent manner.
“City councilmembers themselves indicated that financial leadership by that body has been demonstrated only in the breach. With that assessment, we concur.”
“The review team was informed that City Council meetings are chaotic, protracted, and produce little in the way of tangible results,” according to the state’s report. “In such an environment, rational financial management is not likely to be forthcoming. Illustrative of this point is the fact that when Review Team members inquired of City Councilmembers regarding a proposed plan to address the city’s financial condition, the response from most city councilmembers was that they intended to request an emergency manager.”
In that sense, at least, the state has found a way to forge agreement among the often-fractious council members.
Whatever the source of city government’s problems, council and the mayor’s office have come together to declare the best way to address the budget crisis is to have someone with unfettered power come in, clean things up and kick some ass.
Tommy Zimmer is a Metro Times editorial intern. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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