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Frustrations mount over paying water bills

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Frustrations continue to mount in Flint.

"We are the citizens of Flint and you've been robbing us blind," said resident Tony Palladino.

People of Flint made it clear to council members on Monday night, they don't want to pay the high rates for water they can't drink.

"We're being poisoned, and we're being told to pay this, eat that, still eat that, I don't want nothing to do with this water system, and I feel my city council and my mayor should be standing as one," said Alexis Daniel.

State leaders are considering moving a $30 million bill to help with the crisis.

It's money that would help cover the bills of people who don't want to pay for the tainted water.

It would credit them up to 65 percent of what they've paid since the switch to Flint River water.

City Administrator Natasha Henderson wants to see all costs covered.

"I believe it would be fair that 100 percent of the cost of water since we've been with the Flint River, that it is credited to people's accounts," Henderson said.

She said right now, thousands of people are delinquent on their bills and the real cost is likely closer to $60 million.

She told the council if people continue to not pay, the city could soon be in trouble paying its own bills.

"At this point, we do not want the city to go backwards. So even if we do end up with just the 30 million dollars, we still will need people actually pay that," Henderson said.

It's clear people are at their wits end the bill would only reimburse them a fraction of the cost.

"Where is my money? I don't want credit," Daniels said.

Palladino said, "Give me $500,000, I'll give my neighbor $500,000."

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