Flint City Council weighs in on leadership class expenditure

NBC 25's Josh Marshall is working to find out just how much the cash strapped city is spending.

The classes from the Michigan Municipal League are designed to make council members better leaders but some council members question the decision to spend money for the session in a city dealing with a financial emergency.

Emergency Financial Manager Darnell Earley is working to transition city council out of financial receivership as part of that process council members are required to complete training to make them effective leaders.

"We may know what to do but reinforcement is always great,â?? said Flint City Councilman Wantwas Davis.

Newly elected council members are acknowledging the value of continued leadership education but question, is it worth the money to discuss items like parliamentary procedure and a code of ethics?

When asked if taxpayerâ??s money should be used to fund the leadership class, City Councilman Eric Mays replied, "I think not. We don't need instructors sometimes we can get somewhere discussing it on our own.â??

Still, some council members say you canâ??t put a price tag on continued education.

"Itâ??s always wise spending because at the end of the day we are the ones that the citizens take recourse in if there is a tragedy or catastrophe," said Davis.

NBC 25's request for the exact amount the city is paying for the class went unanswered Wednesday. We have filed a freedom of information act request. When we get the answer, we will report that information.