Aerial view of downtown Detroit. (Courtesy: Mary Schroeder/Detroit Free Press)
DETROIT (AP) -- The Michigan treasurer's office says a state-appointed emergency financial manager still is an option for Detroit in the face of its growing budget problems.
Spokesman Terry Stanton says state Treasurer Andy Dillon met Detroit officials Wednesday to discuss "growing concerns ... about the city's near-term ability to meet its financial obligations and its long-term viability."
Detroit's budget deficit exceeds $200 million.
A consent agreement between Detroit and the state last year let the city avoid the appointment of an emergency manager, but some say they worry that Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council aren't moving fast enough to enact financial reforms.
Stanton says the financial manager "option cannot be taken off the table" and "delaying reforms and tough decisions only promises to make eventual solutions more difficult and painful."