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Flint City Council to start on the path to 'self-governance'

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
Flint city council (file photo)

The Flint City Council meets tonight, and for the first time in two years, the council will actually have something to do.

Flint has been under a state-appointed emergency manager for two years.

Current emergency manager Darnell Earley says it’s time for the City Council to get more involved in decisions.

“The way to do that is for them to begin some of their meetings on some issues that we want ultimately the council to have some impact on,” says Earley.

Recently, Earley required the City Council members to attend a session on “good governance”.

There is still a long way to go before Flint’s elected leaders will run their own city.

A blue ribbon committee will begin meeting today to outline the path the city needs to take to emerge from under state oversight.  Its report is due later this spring.

Eventually, the state must appoint a transition advisory board. That could happen later this year.

Flint still has problems, including a roughly $13 million deficit and a structural deficit that may add $2 million a year for the next few years.

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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