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Inkster released from consent agreement with state

City of Inkster sign.
City of Inkster
The city is facing a multi-million dollar deficit.

The city of Inkster has been released a year early from its consent agreement with the state.

Inkster agreed in 2012 to eliminate a $3.5 million deficit.

Over the next four years, the city privatized and reduced many services, slashed health care benefits for city retirees, laid off staff, and increased fees.

Treasury spokesman Jeremy Sampson praised Inkster's city council and its mayor Byron Nolen for working hard to balance the books.

"This is just an example of the emergency manager process and how it can work," says Sampson.

Inkster still faces a struggle in the future to make do with less money. Property tax revenues are expected to decline another 15.4% in 2017.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.