State fast tracks funding to help Flint pay for Detroit water

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/22/15) - The state has agreed to give its share of Flint's water switch-over costs in one installment as opposed to three separate payments.

We're told the $6 million owed by the state was initially going to be split with a payment of $2 million every few months.

The problem was Flint had to front $10 million out of its own accounts so the switch to Detroit water could happen.

State Representative Sheldon Neeley was one of the lawmakers who reached out to the Treasury Department to get the state to change its mind. He says now the money should instead be arriving by Monday.

We're told the Mott Foundation, which is contributing $4 million, will also follow suit.

In response, Flint City Council President Joshua Freeman released this statement:

"Treasury knows full well our precarious financial situation and what a tremendous strain it was to front $10 million to Detroit. Moving forward, we'll now have a little breathing room as we continue to struggle managing our very weak financial position."



 
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