Battle between Wayne County prosecutor, county commission heating up

Prosecutor Kym Worthy won budget lawsuit, but Wayne County is still broke

By Rod Meloni - Reporter, CFP ®
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DETROIT - The continuing budget battle between the Wayne County prosecutor's office and the county itself is not going well. All sides are preparing for a knock down fight.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy knows her way around a courtroom and knows how to press that advantage. She recently won a $5 million budget settlement.

Read: Worthy settles budget lawsuit with Wayne County

But there's a problem, Wayne County is broke.

Worthy went to court and asked for the $32 million she says the county Executive, Bob Ficano, promised her. The commission gave her $24 million in her budget.

Worth succeeded in getting a settlement with the county that nets her five and a half million more than the original budget.

"If somebody doesn't like their budget and they can put on a good show and they can get some public support or sympathy, they can go to a judge they can file suit and get some kind of a settlement some kind of a judgment where we still don't have the money," said County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak.

Meanwhile, the county is still trying to convince the state that it does not need an emergency manager.

"I think it's going to be a very messy, messy situation," said County Commissioner Laura Cox. She says no one wants to deny Worthy anything, but reality has taken hold.

"They're going to have to come to the table and tell us where they're finding $5.6 million, where they're going to cut what department in the general fund and what to cut to pay for that. That's a very difficult thing," said Cox.

Ficano's office is not weighing in on the matter, it was his attorney's that made the settlement. The budget battle with a judge in the middle will commence and all prepare for the face to face fight on May 9th.

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