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Cuts sought as Detroit makes up bond money

Unpaid furlough to resume, other savings requested

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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

DETROIT — The next 30 or so days will show how dire Detroit’s fiscal plight is as Mayor Dave Bing pores over plans to make up millions of dollars in bond money that the city failed to get from the state.

Unpaid furlough days are scheduled to resume in January. Bing also said he will seek other cost savings to offset the loss of $10 million this week. Another $20 million is threatened in December.

Bing said his actions are necessary after the City Council failed to approve a $300,000 law contract required under promised reforms with the state.

Some council membors say there’s a conflict because the law firm had a role in writing the reform program.

Turnaround specialist Doug Bernstein said such concerns should be addressed before a deal is reached.

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