Flint’s mayor steps in to help residents with water bills

Flint’s Mayor Steps In To Help Residents With Water Bills

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By Good Info News Wire

May 16, 2024

Mayor Neeley proposed a $250,000 ARPA allocation to support Flint families struggling with water bills.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley of Flint has announced a halt on placing property liens on active water accounts, overriding previous impending notices sent to residents. In an additional effort to provide relief to residents struggling with bill payments, the Neeley administration has proposed a $250,000 allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to bolster support for these families.

The proposed allocation was presented during an emergency water resolution to the Flint City Council on May 13. Alongside this initiative, the City of Flint plans to persist in its search for additional funding for more water assistance schemes. These moves signal the Neeley administration’s commitment to easing the financial burdens of Flint’s residents.

Under City of Flint Ordinance 46-50a, the City Treasurer is mandated to certify delinquent water and sewer charges exceeding six months every April, thereby initiating the lien process. Recent lien notices were dispatched to residents to inform them about this process.

However, aware of the ongoing struggle faced by many Flint residents in settling their water bills, as well as the depletion of available assistance programs over recent years, Mayor Neeley wants to step in to alleviate some of the hardship.

In addition to halting liens on active water accounts, the city will also stop placing liens on inactive water accounts, provided property owners negotiate payment arrangements with the city. Despite Flint’s expensive water, largely due to an infrastructure built to serve 250,000 people while the city’s tax base stands at 80,000, 85% of water customers consistently fulfill their obligations.

For residents who would like to make payment arrangements or get questions answered, they can contact the City of Flint at (810) 766-7015 or head to any of the following locations:

Flint City Hall

1101 S. Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48502
Normal Business Hours:
Customer Service Center, First Floor
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dedicated Customer Service for Payment Arrangements:
Income Tax Office, Basement
Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

City of Flint Service Center

4813 Clio Rd. Flint, MI 48504
Drive-Thru Bill Pay Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dedicated Customer Service for Payment Arrangements:
Wednesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 22, 1-4 p.m.

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