Flint Council Expected To Ask Governor Snyder To Remove EM

Mar 25, 2013

The Flint City Council plans to vote Monday to take the first step toward phasing out the city’s emergency manager.

Credit city-countyobserver.com

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, council members want Governor Rick Snyder to appoint a transition team to oversee the city’s finances.

The vote comes three days before Michigan’s new emergency manager law takes effect. The new law gives emergency managers extended powers without oversight from city councils and other local officials.

After a year-and-a-half under state management, Flint City Council President Scott Kincaid says the city has made enough progress to regain some local control.

“We’ve gotten our spending pretty much under control, our revenue projections are pretty accurate,”  he says.

Flint still has a budget deficit of almost 20 million dollars.

Governor Rick Snyder says he wants to be a partner with the city council, and would consider the request. But he says there’s still a lot of work to be done in Flint.