Detroit City Council Votes Down 30 Percent Budget Cut

12/13/2011 01:22 pm ET

he City Council decided to reject a proposal to cut its budget by 30 percent in a move that sought to show leadership amid a fiscal crisis.

Members decided by a 6-2 vote to reject the resolution introduced by Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown last week. His proposal would have also eliminated city-owned cars and cell phones, and instituted a 70-30 split on health insurance.

Brown said as negotiations continue with city unions Tuesday, his proposal would have sent a strong message the council is willing to share in the sacrifice. He also called for the council to end furlough days and take a straight 10 percent wage cut.

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