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Lawsuit challenging Flint's water rates gets new life

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A lawsuit challenging the price Flint residents pay for water is heading back to court.

The Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision dismissing the lawsuit.

Soon after Michael Brown was appointed Flint’s emergency manager, he increased the rates the city’s residents paid for water.   Many Flint residents say their water is too expensive. 

Flint councilman Scott Kincaid and other city residents challenged the city’s former emergency manager’s authority to dramatically increase water rates.

The lower court found the emergency manager had the authority to do so under state law. 

But the appeals court disagrees.   The court ordered the suit back to the original court.

Neither the city nor the suit’s plaintiffs have commented on the Court of Appeals decision.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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