Consultants, attorneys, and other professionals are taking in millions as a result of the Detroit’s bankruptcy. From July 2013 to September 2013, attorneys, consultants, and other professionals have pulled in over $13 million dollars. And that was before the legal ranks were called out in full force for the fall hearings into whether or not the city was eligible to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy the Detroit Free Press reports. With this in mind, it is likely that the fees for the next quarter will be even higher. But many residents are wondering how can a bankrupt city afford to pay out millions in legal fees? Attorneys are making upwards of $600 per hour, while ordinary residents are struggling to have their trash removed in a timely manner. The city has approved some $62 million in attorney and consulting fees and has budgeted $93 million to cover the cost of restricting according to Bill Nowling, spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr, yet retirees are filing law suits of their own to protect their pensions. But where will this money come from? The Detroit Red Wings are getting a new hockey arena without an agreement to commit to specific community benefits, such as jobs for Detroiters, despite the fact that the owners purchased the city parcels for only $1 and roughly 60 percent of the deal is publicly funded. Notwithstanding that new revenue is sorely needed, many believe the cash-strapped city missed a golden opportunity to raise cash. Detroiters are also wondering why emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, stood on the side lines and remained silent while the city council crafted what many believe is a terrible deal for the city. He has the authority to sell assets in the city, including land, so why did Orr not sell the land to the owners for more money? It is decisions such as this that has Detroiters questioning the motives of both the governor and Kevyn Orr…spending millions on legal fees and selling assets for $1.
February 7, 2014