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Flint city council asks governor to begin the process away from an emergency manager

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The Flint City Council has taken a first step toward taking back control of the city’s finances.

The council last night unanimously passed a resolution asking Governor Rick Snyder to remove the city’s emergency manager.

Flint city officials want the governor to replace the emergency manager with a transition team to phase out state control of the city’s finances over two years.

Mayor Dayne Walling says major changes have put the city in a good position to succeed.

“It’s time for our community to be in the guiding position as we look at our long-term decisions,’ says Walling.

Flint has been under state control for nearly a year-and-a-half. The city has a budget deficit of almost $20 million. 

Governor Snyder’s office says he’ll consider the city council’s request, but says there’s still a lot of work to be done in Flint.

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