Flint mayor claims city will go bankrupt without long-term water agreement

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FLINT (WJRT) (10/25/2017) - Mayor Karen Weaver claims the city of Flint will go bankrupt if the City Council fails to ratify a long-term water agreement.

Weaver made that declaration in a court filling to U.S. District Judge David Lawson in response to a motion from the Flint City Council asking for a delay in an order that it decide on a water source.

Weaver and state regulators want the council to approve a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit, which currently is supplying Flint's drinking water.

However, some council members have said they would rather go to jail than approve that deal. They claim it will increase rates and say they need more time to study it.

The city council this week proposed a two-year extension of Flint's temporary contract with Great Lakes Water Authority. However, Weaver said she "does not believe a two-year extension is a viable solution."

The city, she says, has been spending $444,000 dollars on monthly bond payments to the Karegnondi Water Authority since July. That group supplies water to many other municipalities in Genesee County.

If the Great Lakes water deal is complete, the authority would issue credits to Flint to offset the costs.

Also in their motion yesterday, attorneys for the state ask the judge to enter an order requiring the city of Flint to "immediately enter into the Agreement without regard to the Council's objection."

It's unclear when U.S. District Judge David Lawson will rule on any of the motions.

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