Regardless of the review team's recommendations, Snyder has the option of determining that Detroit's financial problems are not serious enough for intervention or that a serious financial problem does exist but an agreement containing a plan to resolve the problem has been adopted.
Michigan Republicans pushed through a new emergency manager law during a lame-duck legislative session last month. It was signed by Snyder and takes effect March 27.
The law will give local governments and ailing school districts the opportunity to choose their own remedy. If a review team finds that a financial emergency exists, those communities can request an emergency manager, ask for a mediator, file for bankruptcy or submit a reform plan to the state.
Five other Michigan cities and three public school districts have emergency financial managers. Detroit would be the largest city in the state to get one if a manager is appointed.
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