CHICAGO -- Three years after local officials begged the state to allow it to file for bankruptcy, the city of Hamtramck stepped closer to state takeover Monday when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Monday declared it to be in a state of financial emergency.

The city has seven days to appeal the decision. If it loses an appeal, it would become the 11th local government in Michigan to be taken over by the state. The state recently removed an emergency manager from the city of Ecorse, though it retained oversight through a transition advisory board. Pontiac Public Schools is under review for a takeover.

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