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Layoffs, shutdown possible after Flint City Council fails to pass budget

Mayor Neeley’s administration sent required notices Friday of possible mass layoffs after June 30
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Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 2:43 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Employees from the city of Flint are being warned of possible layoffs and a partial government shutdown after the Flint City Council missed its deadline to pass a new budget.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley sent a notice to city employees on Friday saying the current budget ends on June 30, so no money could be spent after that date unless council members approve a budget. He would place the city into a government shutdown on July 1 with no new budget.

Neeley sent the notice of possible layoffs on Friday to comply with union contracts, which require advance notice of any mass layoffs.

“This unprecedented failure to pass a budget is putting hundreds of city of Flint employees’ livelihoods in jeopardy,” Neeley said. “Our team, their families and our community deserve better than the ongoing petty politics and continuous dysfunction that is being portrayed by some City Council members.”

His administration presented budget recommendations to the Flint City Council on March 1 for the fiscal year running from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. The City Charter requires council members to approve a budget by June 7 every year, three weeks before the current budget expires.

Flint City Council members failed to pass a budget after a marathon meeting this week, stretching into the wee hours of the morning.

“We hope and pray that a budget is passed, but, at this point, the city must begin preparing for a potential shutdown in case a majority of the council continues to fail to uphold their oaths of office and to fail to do their jobs,” Neeley said.

Neeley’s administration is working on plans to continue public safety services like the police and fire departments if a shutdown is imposed.

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