8,000 families in Flint are being threatened to pay for water services, yet it is still not safe to drink.
In March, the city of Flint issued shutoff notices to about 31 residents who owed between $2,000 and $5,600 in water bills. This week, the city threatened to terminate water services for more than 8,000 people who haven’t paid their bill in over six months. The city has said it will place tax liens against people’s homes (or throw thousands of people into foreclosure) if they don’t pay by May 19.
This is happening because Flint is no longer receiving financial assistance from the state to help pay its water bills. Thus, city officials are transferring costs to residents.
See an example of a resident's bill below:
I find this very unfair to ask people to pay for a service that is still dangerous to their health. While officials claim the amount of lead is at the minimum level to put off state subsidy, the debt that was accumulated should be not be covered by residents.
Is this matter being handled the right way? Should Gov. Snyder be doing more for the residents? Thoughts?
Full article here: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/4/15529346/flint-michigan-water-bill