Benton Harbor: No more financial emergency, now what?

Benton Harbor: No more financial emergency, now what?

After four years in a financial emergency, it’s over for Benton Harbor. Gov. Snyder Monday announced in this news release that he has appointed a Receivership Transition Advisory Board”to help ensure a smooth transition and guide the city to continued financial stability.”

Tony Saunders II was the second emergency manager there, and he spoke to Michigan Radio about what he did and what the next steps are for the west Michigan city.

What does Saunders think will help keep cities out of financial emergencies?

“People have to be willing to make tough decisions,” Saunders says. “As long as individual and elected bodies are willing to make those decision, I think that the likelihood they’ll return to emergency management decreases dramatically.”