Flint's emergency manager unveils budget
NBC25 has learned that 8 Flint police officers will lose their jobs after a grant was refused. Another 11 could be let go if a local grant from the Mott Foundation is not approved, according to City Manager Mike Brown.
The city will fund 108 sworn officers only and without the grant it would reduce the total number by 19.
That would mean Flint would be down to 108 sworn police officers in a city of around 102,000, which is one of the most dangerous city's in America.
Thoughts of the Flint Police Department getting smaller scare residents.
"There's no security here anymore. You're afraid to come downtown. The city has a terrible reputation," says Otis Fowler, a longtime Flint resident.
Add to that an increase on what residents will pay for water and sewer services, 25% overall.
Garbage pickup will no longer be three mills.
It will be a flat $143 for the year.
A 20% concession by the firefighter's union was expected to keep fire levels the same, but a delayed deferal grant will result in the temporary dismissal of 39 firefighters. They are expected to be recalled in mid May.
Brown says a grant could open up more fire stations.
Friday, the emergency manager announced a new public safety director to oversee the police and fire departments at a salary of $135,000.
Many residents disagree with cutting the pay of workers while hiring another manager.
"It's going to be terrible. Why don't they cut their pay?" asks Ruth Swims.
Residents still wonder how the new budget will help them.
Otis Fowler was born, raised, married, and retired in Flint, but he's thinking about leaving if he can sell his house. "The properties around me are selling for $15,000 or less. I'm talking about two to three bedroom homes. Mine is worth half of what I bought it for."
Mike Brown says the pluses of the budget include more partnerships with the Michigan State Police and other agencies for increased coverage.
He says the city jail will be open and remain open.