05/17/2012 08:13 am ET

Lawyer For City Of Detroit Calls Consent Agreement Void

By Suzette Hackney and Matt Helms

The City of Detroit's top lawyer, in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder, has made the first legal challenge to the consent agreement entered into last month between the state and city.

The letter, obtained by the Free Press, says that state law and the city charter prohibit the city from entering into any binding contract with entities that owe outstanding debts to the city. The letter says the state owes the city $4.75 million for a 2010 water bill and $224 million in state revenue sharing.

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