Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (D) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) are at odds over how to fix the city’s finances without sacrificing political sovereignty.

In the face of a financial crisis in which Detroit could run out of cash by the end of the month, Synder proposed an approach just short of the emergency manager option set up by state law.

Under Synder’s proposal, city officials would report to a nine-member advisory board that would oversee city operations and finances.

Bing says he wants help in overcoming cash flow problems and a $197 million deficit, but not through what he labeled an “unconstitutional takeover” March 14.

The proposed agreement would shift political power away from the Bing-led government, reduce the number of city vendors and shrink city staff, according to CBS News. “I’m receptive to help, but you’re not gonna just jam something down my throat and expect me, if I don’t like it … that that’s going to be OK,” Bing told CBS News in Detroit. “And that’s what happened with this agreement. I don’t like it. It’s not good for the city of Detroit.”

Bing said this deal, in some regards, is even worse than the appointment of an emergency manager.

“I understand what I read, and that what I saw in that agreement, no way in the hell would I sign off on it,” Bing told reporters. “There’s no silver bullet out here. There’s no perfect plan out here. I won’t work for the governor. I won’t work for that financial team of nine people. I work for people in the city of Detroit because they voted me in to do this.”

Snyder responded in a speech at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference that the city isn’t really in a position to be turning away help.

“If you know someone that’s got a challenge, is the right answer tell you to go away? Or should they hold up their hand and say, ‘Please come help?’ Snyder said according to the Associated Press. “The inclination so far has been to say, ‘Go away.’ I don’t believe that’s a good answer.”

Snyder said he wants to avoid appointing an emergency manager who would have iron-fisted control of all of the city’s finances. “I don’t want to run the city of Detroit,” he said.

Bing and city officials have negotiated with city employee unions to lessen the fiduciary burden on the city and to stave off a state takeover.

Reports say if the consent agreement isn’t signed, then an emergency manager will be appointed for the city.