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The financial emergency is over in Benton Harbor


BENTON HARBOR (WKZO) -- A signature and a stamp of approval is essentially all that's needed by the governor for the City of Benton Harbor to return to local control, after years of being run by one man appointed by the governor to straighten out their financial affairs.

It will mean Tony Saunders will no longer be the Emergency Manager of Benton Harbor, but the City Commission won’t be free to do whatever they want.

The Governor is also expected to appoint a Transitional Advisory Board that would oversee and monitor commission spending.

Saunders is also recommending annual financial training for city commissioners, and limits on their authority so that their appointed City Manager and his staff would be in charge of day to day operations and financial oversight.

Action by the Governor could come as soon as this coming week.

There is still no timeline for how long the board would be in place.

Saunders says he's been blessed to serve the City of Benton Harbor and hopes his time here was impactful.