Flint Mayor Pledges To Shrink City Government 2-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Flint Mayor Pledges To Shrink City Government 2-25-2011

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said he wants to shrink the size of city government by getting rid of two City Council members and several department and executive appointees.
Walling outlined his agenda during Thursday’s State of the City address.
The mayor said he plans to maximize Flint’s public safety system. He also announced that Flint will receive a $30 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up many of the city's former factory sites.
Walling said the proposed changes could save Flint more than $6 million over four years and $15 million over the next 10 years.
''Some will say that this cannot be done," Walling said. "I say it must be done to line our priorities up with our spending, to fight crime, to create jobs and to strengthen our neighborhoods."
Flint is facing an uncertain future as the state of Michigan is proposing to cut funding by more than $8 million.
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