FLINT (WWJ/AP) – The contaminated water problems of Flint are well known. But the city is struggling with another problem — a nearly $35 million budget deficit.
Officials say the city’s financial situation was recovering until a switch to the Flint River caused lead to leach from old pipes into some homes.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Theaters & Politics
Mayor Karen Weaver’s office says a proposed 2016-17 operating budget she presented Monday to the Flint City Council identifies a projected $35 million deficit in the city’s Water and Sewer Fund.
The mayor’s office cites litigation over water rates and her declaration of a water emergency due to the lead-tainted water as factors for the projected deficit.READ MORE: CDC: New Listeria Outbreak Tied To 23 Illnesses, 1 Death
Flint’s finance director says many residents concerned about the drinking water aren’t paying utility bills.
Flint was under a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. It has since returned to Detroit’s system.MORE NEWS: Red Wings Hire Lightning Assistant Derek Lalonde As Coach
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