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Flint leaders to regain full control

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The city of Flint will no longer be under state financial oversight.

On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the city will be released from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act.

The decision also means the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board will be dissolved once the state treasurer approves.

Flint was the last municipality to be under state financial oversight.

Mayor Karen Weaver made the request for the city to regain control.

“City management and elected leadership have worked hard to put Flint on a stronger path,” Snyder said. “With continuing cooperation between the city and state, Flint has an opportunity take advantage of the momentum being felt around the city in terms of economic development, which can lead to stronger budgets and improved services for residents.”

State Treasurer Nick Khouri also announced he intends to sign a resolution that repeals all remaining emergency manager orders in Flint.

“I will sign this resolution once it reaches my desk,” Khouri said. “Removing all emergency manager orders gives the city of Flint a fresh start without any lingering restrictions.”

Weaver issued the following statement in regards to Snyder's announcement:

This is indeed exciting news for the City and the citizens of Flint. I want to thank the Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) for acknowledging the progress and improvements that have made in the City of Flint, and for rewarding our efforts by recommending that full control of City operations be restored to City of Flint officials where it belongs. I am also pleased that the recommendation has the support of the governor.

This will be the first time since 2011, that Flint will be free from emergency managers and state oversight. The women and men elected by the citizens of Flint should be proud of the progress we have made and will continue to make moving forward.

Flint has been under state control since 2011.

The RTAB was a board of overseers with the power to approve or reject the decisions of city leaders.

"After council would meet, we still couldn't enact and enforce things because we had to wait for the RTAB meeting to take place," Weaver said.

Weaver believes without oversight, city council can work faster since it won't have to wait around for approval.

Council President Herbert Winfrey agrees. He is happy to see the emergency ordinances going away too.

"We have over 250," he said.

Winfrey couldn't pick just one he would like to see disappear. He is happy the oversight is gone, but he doesn't want to burn bridges.

"These things never made much sense to me coming in. They don't make much sense to me now. Yes I'm glad they're gone from a management structure, but we still need to be able to knock on their door and ask them some questions and get help if we need it," Winfrey said.

Residents are glad too. With somebody overseeing Flint's decisions, they felt like the voice of the people didn't really matter.

"It was their way or basically the highway for the city. The city had no choice, no cote, no voice. The voice of the people has been returned to them," said Chris Del Morone, resident.

Weaver said she hopes to never see an emergency manager in the city of Flint ever again.

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