With $52 million deficit, Evans wants Wayne County financial emergency declared

The financial future doesn't look good for Wayne County - it is in such a hole that executive Warren Evans is asking the state to declare a financial emergency.

Evans is asking the state treasurer to declare a financial emergency in Wayne County staring at a $52 million deficit.

"People through they were electing a fighter but instead they elected a 'fraidy cat," said Steve Hood. "And it's sad."

Evans wrote, "I am requesting this Consent Agreement because the additional authority it can provide the county, may be necessary to get the job of fixing the county's finances done."

"It is obvious right there that he does not want to negotiate with the unions," Hood said. "And having a consent agreement takes negotiating off the table. It is a czar-ist move. And it's sad."

Warren Evans has previously warned Wayne County could be broke by 2016. 

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Union President Albert Garrett weighed in. 

"I am meeting with some of the leadership and then explore what our alternatives are," he said. "Clearly we think this is not Detroit and that there is still some taxing ability for the county."

After hearing Evans is requesting a declaration of a financial emergency for Wayne County? Lawmakers also shared their thoughts.

"We have a problem, we know it's a problem," said Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Commerce Twp). "Let's address it. early and let's fix it. Hopefully it's not bankruptcy, but if it is, we'll go down that route when we get to it."

I'm not sure they can dig themselves out," said Rep. Joe Hune (R-Saline Twp). "It's pretty scary stuff. It's going to take a lot of cutting and some creative minds to make sure their books are in order."

Evans was unavailable for comment Wednesday night. 
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