Treasury: Ecorse Released from Receivership

Contact: Danelle Gittus (gittusd@michigan.gov), Ron Leix (leixr@michigan.gov) or call 517-335-2167
Agency: Treasury

Dec. 18, 2017

Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri today announced the city of Ecorse has been released from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act and dissolved the Ecorse Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB).

The state Treasury Department’s actions follow a recommendation to terminate receivership by members of the Ecorse RTAB. Effective immediately, city leadership will regain full local control and manage all internal operations and finances without state oversight.

“Today marks an important achievement for Ecorse residents, the city and all who have contributed to moving the city back to a path of fiscal stability,” Khouri said. “I am pleased to say the city is released from receivership.”

Since the appointment of the RTAB in April 2013, the city of Ecorse reduced its long-term debt, increased funding and reduced other liabilities. The city concluded fiscal year 2017 with a General Fund surplus, with current expenditures trending below anticipated revenues.

“Ecorse is ready to govern on its own,” Ecorse Mayor Lamar Tidwell said. “The partnership between the city and state provided an opportunity for our community to improve its finances and operations, as well as the quality of life for our residents.”

In March 2009, the state Treasury Department received a request to conduct a preliminary review of the city’s finances to determine whether a serious financial emergency existed.

In October 2009, Gov. Jennifer Granholm informed the city that a local financial emergency existed based on a recommendation of a Financial Review Team. Granholm authorized the Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board to manage the financial emergency and directed the board to appoint an emergency financial manager.

An emergency manager was present from October 2009 to April 2013, when the financial emergency was resolved and the Ecorse RTAB was appointed to oversee the city’s transition back to local control.

Over the last two years, the cities of Allen Park, Benton Harbor, Lincoln Park and Pontiac have been released from receivership and had their RTABs dissolved.

At this time, only two municipalities – the cities of Flint and Hamtramck – remain under state oversight through a RTAB. 

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