(AP) – If Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder concludes that Detroit cannot fix its own financial problems, the city would become the sixth in the state to get an emergency manager. Benton Harbor, Flint, Pontiac, Ecorse and Allen Park currently have emergency financial managers.
A look at other U.S. cities that are, or have been, under state control:
_ Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital, has been under state oversight since 2011. The Republican-controlled Legislature had been trying to force the city to pay down a $300 million debt tied to a trash incinerator renovation project. Mayor Linda Thompson has called her proposed $54.3 million budget for 2013 “bare-boned.”
_ Atlantic City let New Jersey take over its finances in 2010. The arrangement allows the city to spread its $9.5 million budget deficit over five years, sparing residents and businesses a significantly larger property tax increase. State supervision also allows the city to defer some expenses.
_ Camden, N.J., spent seven years under state control beginning in 2002, but problems have persisted. Two years ago, about half of the city’s police department and a third of its firefighters were laid off to save money. Since then, all the laid-off public-safety workers have been called back, but their numbers have fallen through attrition.
_ Massachusetts put the city of Chelsea under state receivership in 1991 due to chronic money problems and more than $9 million in debt. The mayor was removed from office and a state-appointed receiver put in his place. The receiver was able to rip up and redo union contracts, impose new fees and change zoning regulations. By 1993, Chelsea had a budget surplus.
_ State legislators in New York created the Municipal Assistance Corp. in 1975 to rescue New York City from imminent bankruptcy. The MAC board took over the city’s finances and was able to borrow billions of dollars on its behalf. The MAC kept the city solvent and was disbanded in 2008.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon