Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Hamtramck

Hamtamck 20130525Gov. Snyder warned Monday that Hamtramck is in danger of becoming the 11th municipality or school district to be seized by an emergency manager under his watch.

A five-member review team reported that the city has run four consecutive budget deficits and began ignoring its long-term obligations, such as pension payments.

Snyder has already appointed emergency managers in Detroit, Pontiac, Ecorse, Benton Harbor, Flint, Allen Park, Detroit Public Schools, Highland Park Schools, Muskegon Heights School District and Pontiac Public Schools.

Snyder could appoint an emergency manager by June 11, a day after Hamtramck’s deadline to request a hearing.

Under a new takeover law, an emergency manager has the authority to remove elected officials, sell off assets, cut services and unilaterally end union contracts.

Read the state’s financial report on Hamtramck.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.