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Flint says it needs $90 million, not $30 million, for water bills

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$90 million. That’s how much money the city of Flint says it needs to cover people’s water bills for the rest of 2016, and to repay the bills people have already received for lead-contaminated water over the last couple of years.

Flint’s city administrator Natasha Henderson crunched the numbers, and says Governor Snyder’s proposal to send $30 million for water bill compensation just doesn’t go far enough.

“$30 million, factually, and based on the numbers – that is not going to do what the city needs to do to be sustainable,” Henderson said at a city finance meeting Wednesday night. “Let’s go back to the numbers, and let’s come up with something that would actually be fair to the citizens of Flint.”

Meanwhile, Henderson says the city’s water fund is going to run out money in July, which could trigger another state takeover of Flint.  

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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