In Michigan
6:03 am
Mon September 14, 2009

Detroit mayor looks toward privatizing services

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the economically troubled city will focus on core public safety services while outsourcing or privatizing others.

Bing described his plan in an interview published Sunday in the Detroit Free Press.

Detroit faces a $300 million budget deficit and its revenue could be $80 million short as the city tries to pay bills this fiscal year.

Bing said he must shrink the city's 13,000-member work force by 10 percent, lower labor costs and cut services to keep the city afloat financially.

Bing says police, fire, emergency medical services and homeland security, along with water and sewer service, are the key services the city must deliver.