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Community members back Flint public safety millage

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(09/20/12) - People in support of a public safety millage, for Flint, say it is the most immediate way to help curb crime in the city.

A group called "YES to Police and Fire Protection" kicked off their campaign Thursday.

Chair Pastor Timothy Stokes says the five year, six mill property tax increase, if approved, will pay for more police officer and firefighters.

Some residents have already said they can't afford to pay more.

People in support of the millage say you can't afford not to.

"The criminal element in this city is starting to define Flint, but they don't define Flint," Stokes said. "There are wonderful people and great citizens in this city and we need to step up."

Supporting this millage and voting yes in November is one way to step up, Stokes says.

Stokes says it will cost the average Flint resident right around the cost of a cup of coffee a week.

Dwayne Williams, shot on his way to school sitting on an MTA bus, is also in support of the millage.

He's 18 now and says he will vote for it.

Police and Fire union leaders say they still need more information before they can back a millage.

They want to know it will support union members and not pay to hire outside employees.

Mike Brown, in his final hours as Flint's Emergency Manager, signed a resolution placing the millage on the November ballot.

Stokes says community members will be out, in the coming weeks, urging residents to support it.

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