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Ed Kurtz back in control as Flint Emergency Financial Manager

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(08/13/12) - Ed Kurtz is once again calling the shots at Flint city hall.

It was eight years ago when Kurtz first assumed the role of emergency manager.

Kurtz spent much of his first official day on the job with city staff - including the man he appointed as city administrator - the former EM, Mike Brown.

He doesn't have any plans to shake up city hall.

With a budget in place, the city is moving forward - but Kurtz says there's still a long road to travel.

"The city has really got some serious problems, this is not a short term solution. They're facing huge issues with their legacy costs, how you're going to fund pension and retiree healthcare going forward and still operate a city," Kurtz said.

Kurtz is in familiar territory, having served as Flint's EM in the early 2000s.

Meanwhile, council is fighting back - they passed two resolutions last week to block Kurtz from taking over.

Council President Scott Kincaid says Flint should have the right to appeal the emergency financial manager appointment. They have 10 days to do so.

Kincaid doesn't believe Flint should be under state control.

"Under Public Act 4, we needed some assistance in getting things done in the city. Those things have been accomplished. To me, Public Act 72 is not about the financial decisions of the city, but rather a political will by certain individuals in this community that want to run the city of Flint," Kincaid said.

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