By Charles Sercombe
As of Thursday, the day The Review went to press, word is that the city won’t make the April 10 city employee payroll.
That goes for firefighters and police officers as well.
Acting City Manager Kyle Tertzag said that there is a little over $34,000 in the city coffers, and he needs at least $300,000 to meet payroll.
Tertzag said he expects all city employees to report to work as usual, saying that sooner or later they will be paid.
The police officers’ union pledged their cooperation on their Facebook page, saying:
“In light of the news today of our impending payless paydays, the men and women of the Hamtramck Fraternal Order of Police would like to reassure our residents, businesses and visitors that we will still be on the job. We are committed to protecting the people in our great city through the good and the bad.”
City officials have been warning employees about payless paydays for months now. The city is currently in deficit spending, and by next June it’s expected the city will be $3.5 million in the hole.
Unless a big change comes down the pike.
And that change could likely be in the form of a state-appointed emergency manager. State officials are currently reviewing the city’s financial situation.
Tertzag said he expects an emergency manager within weeks.
One of the first things that’s likely to take place is restructuring the Fire Department. Just how that will be done is not clear yet.