Flint City Council misses midnight deadline to pass a budget

The meeting ended just before 3 a.m., when several members left
Ethics & Accountability Board discuss Flint City Council complaints
Ethics & Accountability Board discuss Flint City Council complaints
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 12:18 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - The Flint City Council met until nearly 3 a.m. Tuesday but still was unable to pass a budget and missed a midnight deadline.

The meeting ended after several members left, so they did not have a quorum to make any official votes.

The council is discussing the $71 million budget proposal for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s plan originally called for large investments on on blight reduction, the City Clerk’s Office and the city’s pension system -- among other items.

There were amendments to the budget that did not pass.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said the inaction Monday night leaves the council in violation of the city charter.

“It is unfortunate that the City Council has again been overrun by its lowest common denominator,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Constant delays and interruptions have consistently created unproductive marathon meetings.”

He pointed out that council members met 20 times over two months since he proposed the budget and still failed to approve a spending plan on time.

“The permanent obstructionists and dysfunctional council members have failed us all by their constant pursuit of petty politics,” Neeley said. “I ask all residents to join me in calling for these few obstructionist members to uphold their oath of office, stop their politicking and put the best interests of our community first.”

During Monday’s meeting, there was also an added agenda item to accept more than $47 million as part of the COVID-19 relief funding. Council members plan to discuss more about how they’ll spend that money during a committee meeting Wednesday evening.

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