CHICAGO - The Detroit City Council yesterday signed off on a $3 billion fiscal 2009 budget that relies on $78 million of fiscal stabilization bonds to plug the current deficit, rather than Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's proposal to sell the city's half of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

The council crafted the final budget during weeks of hearings that came at an unprecedented time of hostility between the council and the mayor. Hours before approving the budget yesterday, the council advanced its attempt to remove Kilpatrick from office when the council's special attorney said forfeiture of office hearings could begin by June 13.

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