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For Immediate Release


 July 3, 2014                               Contact: Terry Stanton, (517) 335-2167


Coulter appointed emergency manager in Lincoln Park                                City Council rejected Consent Agreement last month

Governor Rick Snyder today appointed Brad Coulter as emergency manager for the city of Lincoln Park pursuant to Public Act 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act. Coulter is an independent contractor with O’Keefe & Associates, a turnaround consulting firm based in Metro-Detroit. Coulter will take a leave of absence from O’Keefe to assume emergency manager duties. Prior to joining O’Keefe, Coulter was a director at Amherst Partners, where he was a Certified Turnaround Professional consulting with middle market companies.

Coulter has more than 25 years of experience in management, corporate finance, and international business and has managed various restructurings including the development and implementation of turnaround plans for automotive suppliers, construction companies, non-profits, and various other entities. In addition to his financial background, Coulter has a broad range of business skills including strategic planning and government relations.

“Brad Coulter’s extensive experience in finance and restructuring, including his understanding of government structure and municipal services, makes him a strong choice as emergency manager for Lincoln Park,” Gov. Snyder said. “I know Brad will work collaboratively with city officials to address the financial emergency and to ensure Lincoln Park residents receive the critical services they expect and deserve.”

Last fall, city officials requested a preliminary review of the city’s finances. Following that review, and a subsequent review by a five member independent review team this past spring, Gov. Snyder determined that a financial emergency exists in Lincoln Park based on the following conditions: 

  • According to the city’s 2013 fiscal year financial audit, the General Fund balance decreased from $2.0 million as of June 30, 2012, to a negative $89,803 as of June 30, 2013. This $2.1 million net change resulted from General Fund expenditures exceeding General Fund revenues by $2.3 million, which was slightly offset by a transfer into the General Fund of $166,666.
  • A trend of over-spending from the General Fund. As recently as June 30, 2010, the ending balance in the General Fund was $4.5 million. Therefore, in just three fiscal years (2011 through 2013), city officials depleted a $4.5 million fund balance.
  • City officials indicated that the General Fund deficit likely will increase by an additional $1 million during the current fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2014. City officials indicated this estimate to be a best-case scenario, assuming the city will receive financial concessions from its police unions.  In the event such concessions are not realized, the deficit for the current fiscal year likely will be significantly greater. 

Following Gov. Snyder’s confirmation that a financial emergency exists in Lincoln Park, the city council selected a Consent Agreement from the four options available under Public Act 436; however, councilmembers voted 4-3 to reject the agreement after it was drafted last month. Because a Consent Agreement was not approved by the city within 30 days, State Treasurer Kevin Clinton determined the city should proceed under an emergency manager.

Brad Coulter and representatives from the Michigan Department of Treasury will hold a media conference call with reporters at 11:00 a.m. this morning. To participate in the conference call, credentialed members of the media should contact the Department of Treasury’s Communications Division at 517-335-2167 for call-in information or e-mail Terry Stanton at stantont@michigan.gov.

For more information regarding the city of Lincoln Park or the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, visit the Local Government Fiscal Health page on Treasury’s website. 

The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding shoppers that purchases made on-line are not tax-free during holiday season, or at any other time of year. Michigan’s Use Tax generally applies to transactions in which the retailer does not collect sales tax. This happens most frequently when an individual makes a purchase from on-line retailers, through mail-order outlets, or television shopping networks that do not have physical locations in Michigan. When out-of-state vendors do not collect sales tax on purchases, under Michigan law, the purchaser is responsible for reporting and paying the Use Tax. Taxpayers can report the Use Tax annually when completing and filing their Michigan Individual Income Tax Return.

For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/taxes and click on the Sales and Use Tax tab.

Michigan’s Use Tax is calculated at the rate of 6 percent. Purchases subject to the Use Tax include appliances, books, clothing, computers, DVDs/CDs, electronics, furniture, and pre-written computer software.





what bothered me about this announcement was not so much that another EM was appointed but the last two paragraphs of this letter reminding people to declare online purchases....


mental note for the tax man...

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in '12 and '13 didn't LP spend on cop and court time to prosecute a physician and his disp--twice?  oh i'm sure he was a dangerous man worth taking retirement chex to shut down.  and didn't LP close a disp in an abandoned gas station property that actually was code-upgraded by the disp op whom LP spent to raid and pros?

so their stoopid spending brot them bankruptcy.  (I live 3 miles from LP).   To my way of thinking, when seniors don't engage their city council the city engages their whole chex.  titty for tat.  cry on and on...

WB:  the last 2 paragraphs is the issuer of the press release blaming the citizens of LP for the BK.  he's saying there'd have been more funds coming to LP from the state if the citizens of LP weren't buying goods on-line and ripping the tax man for the use tax.

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