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Lower water prices come with cost

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Flint Flint
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Ricky Brown loves his city and does what he can to keep it looking good.

But he said one thing cutting into the budgets of people here, including his own family's, is the price of water.

"If the water bill comes down, I think that will help out a lot of people in the community," Brown said.

That will happen.

City leaders said water bills will be reduced 35 percent to comply with the judge's order issued this month.

But they said this order is also putting the city in a crunch.

"They've gone through our capital improvement plan, and they've found about $7 million in projects that they're going to stop and not move forward with," said Josh Freeman, Flint Council.

Those projects include suspending the Hamilton Dam project, water plant improvements, and waste water projects.

There's also a city-wide hiring freeze which will leave 13 positions unfilled.   

Monday's city council meeting indicated some pent-up frustration.

"The citizens of Flint have been coming to you for well-over two years talking about the price of water," said resident Tru Saunders.

Brown said it will be nice to have lower water rates, but even that comes with a price.

"It's going to benefit some, and it's going to hurt others, because this might take jobs away from others," Brown said.

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