A state-appointed emergency manager of Detroit could have an impact on Windsor, says CBC Windsor's municipal affairs columnist Cheryl Collier.
She says that, in some respects, there will be little effect. For example, most cross-border issues and concerns are dealt with at a higher level of government and the municipality is not involved. The Detroit River International Crossing is a good example.
However, where it will have an effect is on local events such as Red Bull Races, Target Fireworks and the International Freedom Festival.
If Detroit can't carry its share of the costs, Windsor may have to ante up more money for things like policing on the Detroit side during those events.
Or, worst-case scenario is the events, which are a source of tourism and quality of life, could be cancelled or not pursued at all.
If an emergency manager is appointed, it would be the sixth one appointed in Michigan. Detroit would also be the largest city in the U.S. to get an emergency manager.
The appointee would take the power away from mayor and council. The manager's job is to bring deficit under control, but not to fix one of the underlying problems in the city: the lack of population.
Collier said some Detroiters consider a manager "undemocratic" and that it takes away the voice of the citizens.
Cheryl Collier is a professor of political science at the University of Windsor. She can be be heard on the Early Shift with Tony Doucette at 8:14 a.m. on Mondays. Tune in to 97.5 FM or listen live online at www.cbc.ca/windsor.
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