The council voted 6-3 to debate the issue another day, saying they still need more time to look over the lease.
The players deciding Belle Isle’s future have chosen not to look at good alternative to lease.
A public hearing over leasing Belle Isle to the state turned ugly today when opponents heckled supporters and suggested the deal was a racist takeover.
The plan smacks of antagonism and divisiveness at a time when the city is shedding vital services to avoid bankruptcy.
Just a month ago, Detroit City Council members hailed Crittendon as a hero who courageously defended the city against a state takeover.
Council’s decision shocked many observers because a majority of the council supported Crittendon until today
Six Detroit City Council members have been meeting in secret to hammer out a plan to avoid bankruptcy with deep budget cuts.
One resident described state intervention as an attempt to “resurrect Hitler from the dead.” Another called it slavery.
Records: Despite state intervention and bankruptcy threats, city of Detroit continues to spend at unprecedented clip
Each day, the city spent about $350,000 more than it had in revenue, raising the accumulated deficit to more than $375 million.
During recent meetings, speakers at public meetings have equated the state and tree farmers to money-grubbing slaveholders.