Wayne County Exec: concession package would avoid bankruptcy

FOX 2 has learned that the Wayne County executive is close to finalizing a concession package from current and former county employees. If the deal gets done, it would be a major piece of the plan by Warren Evans to avoid bankruptcy.

Evans was on Mackinac Island this week for the Mackinac Policy Conference and told FOX 2's Tim Skubick he thinks there's a 50% chance the deal will be done within two weeks. He cautioned, however, that everyone needs to vote on it but the concession package is "looking promising".

That promising plan is exactly why Governor Rick Snyder isn't even thinking about sending in a state review team to look at the projected county deficit.

"I'm not immediately planning that," Snyder said. "I think progress is being made."

Raymond Basham, a democratic member of the Wayne County Commission isn't so sure. He believes the deficit story is not nearly as grave as the media makes it out to be.

"It's good fodder for media folks and, quite frankly, we're in better shape and we're trending in the proper direction. Based on all the external auditors for Wayne County," Basham said.

The county executive reports the retirement fund is under funded and if let unresolved employee benefits would be at risk in the long term.

"Make some concessions to bolster our ability to make our long term obligations that people have worked all their lives for," Evans said.

Because of movement in the county, the governor won't even speculate about a possible bankruptcy which he did order for the City of Detroit. Evans made this promise to Wayne County residents.

"I can promise if I have anything to do with it - and hopefully I'll have a lot to do with it - we won't go into bankruptcy. We see a light at the end of the tunnel," Evans said.

Surely, has the governor's support on that promise as well.
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