INKSTER, Mich. -

A state official is looking at Inkster's finances in the first step that could ultimately lead to state takeover.

During Monday's City Council meeting, the treasurer painted a bleak picture of the days ahead.

The city's cash flow could run dry if leaders do not ask for an estimated $6 million state loan.

"We are just trying our best as a community to keep it together," said City Manager Ron Wolkowicz.

Talk of a state-appointed emergency financial manager dominated Monday night's conversation.

City leaders and residents say they are fearful of such an ultimatum.

Detroit Public Schools, Pontiac, Ecorse and Benton Harbor are under a state-appointed emergency financial manager.

Highland Park Public Schools and Flint are also under state review.