Ficano, Abbo detail proposed plan to reduce Wayne Co.'s debt - FOX 35 News Orlando

Ficano, Abbo detail proposed plan to reduce Wayne Co.'s ailing debt

Posted: Updated:
Ficano (L) and Abbo (R) on FOX 2 News Tuesday night Ficano (L) and Abbo (R) on FOX 2 News Tuesday night
(WJBK) -

Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano and Chief Financial Officer Mark Abbo laid out the plan to reduce the county's mounting debt.

The plan includes revising pension and health care coverage; cutting employee wages; reducing beds in the jails; spinning off the county's waste water treatment system; and leasing the 60,000 square-feet of empty space in the Guardian Building.

The county has had a deficit of about $175 million since Sept. 30, 2013.

Ficano and Abbo stopped by FOX 2 to talk about their proposal.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear their ideas

Ficano also addresses the failed jail project and comments made by Wayne Co. Prosecutor Kym Worthy earlier on Tuesday.

Worthy addressed some shortages her office is facing during a news conference. She says she is down 85 people; backed up on more than 200 child abuse cases and 40 homicide cases; and is backed up almost six weeks on not-in-custody warrants.

When asked why the office is facing the shortages, Worthy responded: "I treat it to a CEO who doesn't give a damn about public safety."

Ficano says budgets for the prosecutor's and the sheriff's office are the only ones that received an increase last year while the rest took a 20 percent cut.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Recalled: Fresh fruits sold at Trader Joe's, Costco & Sam's Club

    Recalled: Fresh fruits sold at Trader Joe's, Costco & Sam's Club

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:37:54 GMT
    A California company is recalling fresh fruits nationwide due to possible listeria contamination.
    A California company is recalling fresh fruits nationwide due to possible listeria contamination.
  • Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:04 GMT
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
  • DPD's 6th precinct struck by bullets in drive-by shooting

    DPD's 6th precinct struck by bullets in drive-by shooting

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:06:31 GMT
    Detroit police say bullets struck the 6th Precinct building during a drive-by shooting. This was the same precinct where four officers were shot back in 2011.
    Detroit police say bullets struck the 6th Precinct building during a drive-by shooting. This was the same precinct where four officers were shot back in 2011.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
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