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Mailing of utility bills suspended, mayor says more still needs to be done

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has put a halt on mailing out water bills.

"One of the things we wanted to do was not continue to confuse people," Weaver said. "You get a bill and you see one number on there then you get it the next time and it's different. And so we just decided to stop that."

This comes after Gov. Rick Snyder's approval of $30 million in the form of credits. Those credits will help people in Flint with their water bills.

"When they get their next bill which won't be until April they will see the true number on there. The actual amount of credit that they are receiving," Weaver said.

Weaver said city employees need time to process those amounts, hence the suspension.

People like Birdie Trouser are glad to know they are getting some sort of a refund after paying for bad water.

"I'm happy to hear that we are going to get a credit," Trouser said. "I was hoping that was what they were going to say. I didn't see no way out for them to not do it."

Others want more than a credit. Edward McCarrick said he thinks no one in Flint should have to worry about paying for water until it is safe to use.

"We can't wash, we can't bathe, what are we supposed to do? Then they're talking about how many years it's going to take to fix it," McCarrick said.

Weaver said she agrees. She called the state aid for water bills a good start, but says more needs to be done for the people of Flint.

"We still won't be able to use the water. And as long as we still have this water issue we're going to continue to need that kind of state aid," Weaver said.

Weaver said city employees are getting accounts in order so credits can be applied to the city's 85,000 accounts.

Instead of seeing higher account balances, Flint residents should see the included credits from the state. The average should be about $600. 

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