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City leaders bicker over request to ask state for money

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Bottled water is not the only thing Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is fighting for.

The Flint City Council held a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to decide what to do with the more than $6 million in its water emergency reserve fund.

That money was originally earmarked for replacing lead service lines, but some council members have a different idea.

The point of the meeting was to vote on a recommendation to ask Gov. Rick Snyder to transfer the usage of the funds to the city of Flint. The money could then be used to credit water and sewer bills for city residents.

The discussion lasted more than two hours with chaos ensuing.

“What I’d like to do with that money is to put it in the water fund and to be able to give people credits, water credits,” Weaver said.

The city council passed the vote.

The vote does not mean Flint will get money for what it wants. That decision is still up to the state.

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