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Local city getting power back from emergency manager

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After years of going under state control local leaders in Flint will soon get some power back when it comes to money. 

The city's state-appointed emergency manager explained on Thursday how he plans to relinquish more responsibility to the city itself.

"I'm trying to restore normalcy of a city that would be operated without an emergency manager," said Darnell Earley, Flint's emergency manager.

On July 1, as the new budget year begins, Flint will start taking the beginning steps back to home rule. Early said he's working to ease control back to the mayor and city council, starting with the budget process.

"Council's recommendations have been helpful in determining the budget that will be adopted. Every recommendation that came from those hearings was vetted. Never the less they were very seriously considered and looked at very thoroughly," Early said.

Early said returning Flint to home rule is still a difficult process, but not one the city can't overcome. He's begun that transition by giving the mayor more control at city hall starting next month. Something Mayor Dayne Walling said can only help.

"On July 1 I'll have direct supervision and administrative responsibility for the Department of Public Works and the Department of Planning and Development. That's about half of the cities total workforce," Walling said.

He said the city is moving forward in small steps and taking steps to make sure they don't end up in the same place again. 

"I want to see all of Flint's operations under home rule with the mayor and charter, elected officials. So with every step we take in that direction is to the good," Walling said.

For now Flint city council's responsibilities remain the same.

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