Commissioners in Macomb County, which encompasses part of the Detroit area, last week opted to dip into the county’s rainy-day fund to plug a $5.2 million deficit in the $470 million budget.

The move, coming after the board had already cut $7 million from the year’s $12 million deficit, was an effort to avoid laying off up to 60 county personnel, commissioners said. The county faces a $15 million shortfall next year.

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