04-16-18 S&P Upgrades Wayne County to Investment Grade
DETROIT – Wayne County’s General Obligation bonds are now considered “investment grade” by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. The ratings agency upgraded the bonds to BBB- as part of an overall reassessment of ratings following S&P’s revision of its methodology.
03-15-18 Warren C. Evans Presents New Transit Plan
DETROIT – Today, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans asked the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan for feedback on a new draft transit plan and to consider placing it on the November ballot for voter approval.
03-07-18 Tentative Deal to Build Criminal Justice Center
DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans today announced a tentative agreement with Rock Ventures to build a new $533 million criminal justice center, providing the County with four state-of-the-art buildings as a solution to its long-stalled Gratiot jail project. As part of the deal, the County would invest $380 million with Rock covering the remaining costs and any overruns.
01-10-18 Henry Dachowitz Named New CFO
DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans today announced the selection of Henry M. Dachowitz as the County’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Dachowitz brings over 40 years of experience as a finance professional to the position, including four years as Treasurer of Nassau County, New York, where he led a nationally-recognized financial turnaround.
12-01-17 County Eliminates Gratiot as Potential Jail Site
DETROIT – Today, Wayne County announced that it does not intend to complete the unfinished jail at Gratiot as Wayne County and Rock Ventures move closer to reaching agreement on a deal that would result in a new criminal justice center near I-75 and Warren Ave. Negotiations continue, and tentatively include having Rock Ventures pay a previously approved $500,000 stipend to Walsh Construction for submitting a response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) to finish the partially constructed jail.
10-05-17 County, City Reach Tentative Deal Moving Project Forward
DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans today announced a tentative agreement with the City of Detroit and Mayor Mike Duggan for the acquisition of land needed to proceed with Rock Ventures’ proposal to build a new criminal justice complex. Under the agreement, the County would acquire part of the DDOT property bounded by the I-75 Service Drive and E. Warren Ave. In exchange, the City would acquire the former American Motors Corp. (AMC) headquarters on Detroit’s Westside, which is currently owned by the County.
07-31-17 County to Focus on Contract with Rock, But Work Remains
DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans today provided an update on the status of the two proposals to address the County’s unfinished jail project. On June 28th, the County received proposals from Walsh Construction to finish building the jail on the Gratiot site and from Rock Ventures to build the County a new criminal justice center on an alternative site.
07-24-17 Warren C. Evans Presents Third Straight Budget With Projected Surplus as Fiscal Recovery Continues
DETROIT – For the third-straight year, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans submitted a balanced budget to the Wayne County Commission. The proposed fiscal year 2017-18 budget totals $1.459 billion, compared to the 2016-17 county budget of $1.494 billion. Building on the success of his administration’s two previous budgets, Evans budget includes a planned surplus of $4.23 million.
05-30-17 Fitch Upgrades Wayne County’s Credit Rating to Investment Grade
DETROIT—Wayne County’s Bond Rating has improved from “BB+” to “BBB-” according to Fitch Ratings, Inc. This upgrade, just one year after Fitch upgraded Wayne County’s credit rating four notches, means Wayne County bonds are now rated as investment grade. The improved rating could lower the cost to borrow the money necessary to complete the jail project and other necessary long-term projects.
04-04-17 CFO Tony Sanders Transitioning to Private Practice
DETROIT – Today, Wayne County announced that the architect of its financial turnaround and Recovery Plan, Chief Restructuring and Financial Officer Tony Saunders, will resign from his County position in order to launch a turnaround and private equity firm. Saunders will remain in his current role with the County as it seeks his replacement.
02-01-17 Second Straight Projected Surplus
DETROIT – For the second straight year, Wayne County is projecting a general fund operating budget surplus of approximately $44 million for the fiscal year 2015-16 based on preliminary numbers from the Department of Management and Budget.
10-20-16 Wayne County Exits Consent Agreement
DETROIT – Today, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans announced he has received formal notification from State of Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri approving the County’s request to be released from the Consent Agreement. This exit from the Consent Agreement comes about 14 months after the County entered into its agreement with the State. After reviewing the County’s progress, Khouri determined the County complied with terms of the agreement by eliminating its structural deficit and restoring its overall financial stability.
07-11-16 Financial Outlook Improvement
DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans’ financial turnaround for Wayne County received another boost after an Actuarial Valuation shows the County’s pension fund is now 54 percent funded. Up from 44 percent just two years ago, this increase is the result of benefit modifications achieved through Executive Evans’ Recovery Plan, which reduced accrued liabilities by $120 million as well as eliminating the Inflation Equity Fund and transferring those assets to the pension system.
07-07-16 County Takes Two Major Steps Towards Completing Gratiot Jail
DETROIT — Today, based on the recommendation of Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans and Corporation Counsel, the Wayne County Commission approved a settlement with AECOM and Ghafari, the original design engineers/architects for the Gratiot Jail site. The agreement provides Wayne County with a $2.5 million payment from AECOM and Ghafari, dismissal of all counter-claims against the County and the Building Authority and undisputed ownership of all design documents including documents outlining a new design for a Gratiot jail. These documents are essential for the County to move forward with completing the jail.
07-06-16 Fiscal Year 16-17 Budget
DETROIT – Today Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans submitted to the Wayne County Commission his proposed two-year Comprehensive Executive Budget; a balanced plan that builds on the progress of last fiscal year and strengthens the foundation for the County’s longterm fiscal stability. The proposed budget covers FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 and each budget totals $1.5 billion.
06-21-16 Fitch Upgrades Issuer Default to BB+
DETROIT—Fitch Ratings, Inc upgraded Wayne County’s Bond Rating from “B” to “BB+”. This is a four notch upgrade which is quite uncommon. This upgrade is a reflection of the progress Wayne County has made toward eliminating its financial distress by implementing the Recovery Plan that realigns expenditures and long-term liabilities to match revenue. The improved rating is expected to make it possible for the County to borrow the money necessary to complete work at the Gratiot Jail Site and at a lower interest rate
04-06-16 General Fund Surplus
DETROIT – For the first time in eight years, Wayne County’s fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015, had an available General Fund surplus of $5.7 million. This surplus was confirmed for the 2014-2015 fiscal year by the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) submitted to the State of Michigan. This surplus was the direct result of actions taken by Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans’ Administration.
02-22-16 Moody’s Credit Opinion Upgrades Wayne to Stable
DETROIT—Moody’s Investor Services’ general obligation limited tax (GOLT) debt outlook for Wayne County is now stable according to a Credit Opinion issued February 19, 2016, reversing a previously negative rating.
02-02-16 Recovery Plan
DETROIT– As part of the comprehensive “Recovery Plan” to stabilize Wayne County finances and eliminate deficits, County Executive Warren C. Evans’ administration dramatically reduced its total retiree health care liability by 64% from $1.325 billion in 2014 to just $471 million in 2015. Retiree health care liabilities were expected to spike in 2015 to $1.8 billion, if no remedial measures were taken.
07-14-15 Billion Comprehensive Executive Budget
DETROIT – This morning Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans submitted to the Wayne County Commission a $1.54 Billion Comprehensive Executive Budget for FY 2015-16 which covers the period of October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016, and a projected budget for the FY 2016-17.
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