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Brown Urges Council To Reject Bing Budget Amendment

The Detroit City Council plans to vote this week on a compromise budget amendment proposed by Mayor Dave Bing. The amendment restores 30 million dollars in funding that Council eliminated when it trimmed an overall 50 million dollars from the budget. Bing says Council’s budget cuts will threaten everything from public safety to the People Mover. But Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown counters that Bing’s initial budget relied too heavily on money unlikely to materialize. Brown says the new funding proposed by the Mayor, including money from DTE Energy that was held in escrow, was counted in last year’s budget. Brown said, “The 30 million dollars that the Mayor is talking about is not new money. It’s money that was already in the budget. And so to use it now as if it were new money would not be the right thing to do.” Brown says he will vote against the mayor’s amendment but would consider restoring 10 million dollars to help with transportation and some recreation projects. By law the city must adopt a final budget by the end of the month.