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Detroit appeals for more time to implement fiscal plan

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LANSING (WKZO) -- Detroit officials are hoping their appeal of the financial review team's report will be enough to avoid the state appointment of an emergency financial manager.  Representatives of the city council argued to the Michigan Chief Deputy Treasurer Tuesday that progress is being made in confronting accumulated debts, including 14-billion dollars in long-term liabilities.

David Whitaker of council's Research and Analysis division says the stability agreement from last year needs more time to work.  Frederick Headen with the state's Department of Bureau of Local Government Services replied that the city was too slow to take action and the savings have mostly affect the short-term.

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