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Detroit Council Changes Mind
(2008-07-01)
(wgvu) - Layoffs of up to 1,300 employees have been
averted after the Detroit City Council reversed itself and approved
an authority to operate the city's half of the Detroit-Windsor
Tunnel.
Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel says Barbara-Rose Collins and Martha
Reeves changed their original stance and voted "yes" on Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick's tunnel plan, which allows the city to begin the
new fiscal year with a balanced budget.
The council had voted 5-3 Monday against the plan. Tuesday's
approval also has come on a 5-3 vote.
The creation of an authority is a step toward a proposed $65
million sale of Detroit's half of the international border crossing
to the city of Windsor, Ontario.
Kilpatrick says it fills a hole in the 2007-08 budget year which
ended Monday and means the city will not have to lay off any
workers.
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