If it’s good for Detroit…and good — or even neutral — for Oakland County, L. Brooks Patterson says he’ll support it. But if something proposed as past of Detroit’s restructuring and bankruptcy process is to the detriment of his county, then the long-time executive tells MLive not to expect his blessing:
Here’s the rule that I laid out to my staff: If there’s a program or a proposal on the table that’s good for Detroit and good for Oakland Country then of course I’m going to support it. If there’s a proposal that’s good for Detroit and neutral to the interest of my taxpayers, then ‘Why not?’ I’ll support it. No harm, no foul. If there’s a proposal that’s good for Detroit, but injurious to my taxpayers then I’m going to fight it, then I’m going to resist it. And that’s been the rule for more than 21 years now.
Patterson, in discussing the city’s bankruptcy during a far-ranging interview with the news site, also warns Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is enjoying a bit of honeymoon…and honeymoons end.
Read the full interview here.