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Flint city council postpones transition management plan vote until April

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FLINT (WJRT) -

(03/24/14) - Flint city council is still working to get the city and its assets under local control.

Monday night, they decided they need more time to look over a proposed transition management plan and they want to take a closer look at the city's water rates.

After a nearly four hour meeting, council decided to postpone a vote on this transition management plan.

The plan is laid out by Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, and it's like a roadmap to get back to local control.

They were expected to vote on it Monday, but council members saw the entire plan for the first time late last week, and they want more time to look it over.

The seven-point plan includes a deficit elimination plan, five year financial forecast, governance, organization development, legacy costs, strategic planning and sustainability.

They are scheduled to look at this plan again on April 7.

Another big takeaway from the meeting - council members addressed the need to explore Flint's water rate problem.

Flint gets its water from Detroit, and water rates have been spiking for years. Now, Flint is partnering with surrounding communities to build their own pipeline to Lake Huron - that'll be done in 2016.

Detroit canceled their contract with Flint, so until their pipeline is built, Flint will be getting its drinking water from the Flint River.

This plan should mean saving some money since the city isn't sending a check to Detroit. That money will be put back into the water infrastructure. City residents won't see a lower water bill - at least not for a while.

Some council members want to take a closer look at passing those savings to residents.

Earley says that they have a water and sewer rate study to look into the real costs of water in the city, but he isn't making it available to the public yet.

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