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Flint's emergency manager submitting resignation, as expected

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
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Flint’s Emergency Manager submitted his letter of resignation today.     

Ed Kurtz has long said he planned to step down at the close of the fiscal year at the end of June.  His letter of resignation simply makes that official.

Kurtz was appointed as Flint’s emergency financial manager last summer, after the city’s previous emergency manager had to step down because of changes in the law.

Kurtz points to this year’s balanced city budget, an agreement to join a new water pipeline from Lake Huron and families buying homes in a long delayed housing development as successes on his watch.

“I got the good part…they really done the hard work before I got here,” Kurtz told reporters last week, “I was able to do some of the fun stuff.”

Whoever takes over as Flint’s emergency manager in July will assume control of a city with a 19 million dollar deficit.  Budget projections also suggest that the loss of federal grant funding and declining property tax revenues may put Flint millions of dollars more in the hole between now and 2018.

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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