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      Flint City Council accepts audit

      Flint's latest audit report shows the city reduced its budget deficit by more than $6 million in 2013.

      last year.

      Representatives from Plante Moran presented the report to council ahead of Monday's meeting, the first one this year.

      Council members later unanimously accepted the audit report, which shows the city reduced its $19 million budget deficit by holding off on capital improvement projects in the water and sewer departments, making changes to employee health benefits and auctioning off city equipment.

      ??We are on the right track. As I said the cost containment measures are working and the strategies for reduction in expenditures are working as well,?? Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley said. ??We just need to stay the course and try and manage the obstacles that are being put in our way,?? he added.

      In the meantime, Earley's blue ribbon committee has begun meeting to brainstorm ways the city can emerge from state receivership.