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Flint leaders look to emerge from emergency manager control

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
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The Flint city council is expected to vote tonight on a plan that may set the stage for the city to emerge from state oversight. 

The council will consider asking the governor to appoint a “receivership transition advisory board.”    

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says the board would guide the city after the departure of the emergency manager.

“This is an area of the law that we want to take advantage of,” says Walling, “We want assistance with our revenue estimates…with budget amendments.”

Walling says, if the board is appointed, it could help the city emerge from state receivership in 18 months. 

Governor Snyder appointed Flint’s emergency manager in 2011.    The city still has a 19 million dollar budget deficit.

A spokeswoman says the governor’s office will “continue to work with the city of Flint to examine options for a transition back to local control."

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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