DETROIT -- Detroit is expected to ask the judge overseeing the city’s bankruptcy case to safeguard a revenue source it wants to use to back debt to finance repairs to its notoriously broken down public lighting system.

The city had originally hoped to float $160 million of revenue bonds to finance upgrades to the lights, but has struggled to access the market amid the bankruptcy proceeding, Gary Brown, the city’s chief operating officer, said Friday in an interview at the Michigan Municipal League conference in downtown Detroit.

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