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Flint's mayor pleased with safety millage support

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FLINT, MI (AP) -

Flint's mayor is thanking voters for backing a millage aimed and supporting police and fire services in the cash-strapped city.

Mayor Dayne Walling says Tuesday's vote "sends a strong message that the Flint community is ready to do its part to fight back against crime."

The Flint Journal reports that 59 percent of votes on the millage as of early Wednesday were in favor of the proposal.

The five-year, 6-mill tax increase is expected to raise $5.3 million in the first year for police and fire services. It would cost the owner of the average Flint home about $79 a year.

The millage aims to stabilize the city's public safety departments, which currently are supported by grants that are set to expire over the next few years.

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