County leaders react to Detroit's bankruptcy filing - FOX 35 News Orlando

County leaders react to Detroit's bankruptcy filing

Posted: Updated:
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel
  • Detroit BankruptcyMore>>

  • Schuette endorses Detroit art deal in bankruptcy

    Schuette endorses Detroit art deal in bankruptcy

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-06-17 17:47:06 GMT
    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has given his blessing to a deal that transfers control of art to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has given his blessing to a deal that transfers control of art to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
  • Detroit files plan to fix debt, leave bankruptcy

    Detroit files plan to fix debt, leave bankruptcy

    Friday, February 21 2014 12:49 PM EST2014-02-21 17:49:57 GMT
    Detroit's emergency financial manager filed a plan Friday that would bring the city out of bankruptcy, providing a detailed look at what the Motor City would look like when it finally sheds its financial burdens.
    Detroit's emergency financial manager filed a plan Friday that would bring the city out of bankruptcy, providing for the first time a detailed look at what the Motor City would look like when it finally sheds its financial burdens.
  • Gov. Snyder: 'Detroit's comeback is underway'

    Gov. Snyder: 'Detroit's comeback is underway'

    Friday, February 21 2014 11:35 AM EST2014-02-21 16:35:28 GMT
    Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement today on the filing of a plan of adjustment by  Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr that is part of the city's restructuring.
    Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement today on the filing of a plan of adjustment by  Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr that is part of the city's restructuring under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

The kind of history Detroit made Thursday hurts. Now some of the communities that surround the city are worried that some of their partnerships may soon be pried apart.

"Some of the assets we are concerned about ... are the ones that we actually are financially engaged with. Whether it's Cobo, whether it's the transit authority that was just created, the question is how do you finance that? But in more specific and more particular are the ones that have already been talked about -- Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as the zoo. We're paying millages from the suburbs to try to, I guess, sustain that and help grow it, and we're very supportive of it. Question becomes is this going to be part of that bankruptcy, and are they going to be dissolving that and selling off the assets? We are very concerned and going to be paying attention to that, and hopeful that ... doesn't get to that point," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

Hackel had a sense that this day would soon come.

Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer called this devastating and dire. It breaks his heart.

"The corruption in Detroit has been there for many, many years," he said. "I don't know exactly how it's going to affect Oakland County, Macomb County and the state, but I do know it's going to have a negative effect. To what degree only time will tell."

And more woes could be on the way by way of this bankruptcy.

"The two of us (Oakland and Macomb counties) share a AAA bond rating. That's unique. Only 67 counties in the country share that bond rating, only three in the State of Michigan. So we're fortunate we share that. That's helpful to the City of Detroit and to Wayne County," Hackel said.

If those ratings were to drop, Dwyer said, "It could affect the entire State of Michigan. I mean, interest rates are going to go up."

Wayne County Commissioner Kevin McNamara works for the people of Detroit, and what lies ahead for them is the only thing that is on his mind.

"We just can't forget the 15,000 souls whose lives are protected by pension," he said. "We pray for them to remain whole."

"The largest city in the United States of America is in bankruptcy. So how are they going to get out of it?" Dwyer said. "You're not going to get out of it by merely taking the pensions away from retirees."

Dwyer spent most of his life in law enforcement serving and protecting citizens.

"I feel for those people that spent so much time putting their lives on the line. That's what it's all about," Dwyer said.

Hackel has a heavy heart for all of the city workers, as well. There is so much uncertainty and so many challenges before them.

"Challenging for those that are retirees," he said. "Now the question about promises made not being kept, even the current employees, the uncertainty that they have, but the certainty is the fact that the City of Detroit is going to be moving forward."

When asked what word comes to mind when they think about the present and the future of Detroit, Dwyer said "hope." Hackel is "hopeful," and McNamara said "rebirth."

All three men agree that what is going on in Detroit hurts a lot, and that pain may last awhile, but we must all remain optimistic that through that pain will come much opportunity.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:05:54 GMT
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices