Flint Says Lowering Water Rates Will Halt Some Capital Improvement Plans
Officials from the City of Flint say they are taking steps to comply with a recent preliminary injunction issued by a Genesee County Circuit Court judge. Water bills will be reduced 35 percent, however, a number of projects in the city's Capital Improvement Plan will be suspended as a result.
According to a news release, the city will be utilizing the lower rate structure unless a stay from the Court of Appeals is granted. Flint will also resume shutoffs for non-payment once any new bills become delinquent.
Officials also say some Capital Improvement Projects, totaling over $7 million, will also be suspended. Those include a wastewater pipeline project on Dupont St, work to the water plant, wastewater valve cycling, water service center sewer relining and work to the Hamilton Dam. In addition, City Administrator Natasha Henderson announced a hiring freeze for which will leave 13 positions unfilled.
In a statement, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said "the lower rates will ease the burden on customers, but the City must maintain fiscal responsibility, so other adjustments have to be made."