In Flint, Michigan, the water is still toxic – but that isn’t stopping the city from billing residents for the toxic water. In the most recent nonsensical step, the city has put 8,000 people on notice, threatening tax liens on their homes, courtesy unpaid water bills.
“I got scared, for probably the first time since this all started this actually scared me,” said Melissa Mays, who is a mother and water activist who lives in Flint.Mays received the notice in the mail Friday stating that she must pay nearly $900 by May 19 to avoid a lien being placed on her property.
And Melissa Mays is hardly alone. Beginning May 19th, the city may begin proceedings against up to 8,000 people that may result in foreclosed homes. City leaders’ defense? They need cash.
“We have to have revenue coming in, so we can’t give people revenue, I mean excuse me, give people water at the tap and not get revenue coming in to pay those bills,” said Al Mooney, City of Flint Treasury Department.
Mooney says that if the tax lien notices work, that could account for up to $6 million in revenue for the city. As always, it’s about money – not about what’s best for the residents of Flint.
Congressman Dan Kildee’s statement Wednesday highlighted just how ludicrous this latest move in Flint is:
“Flint families should not have to pay for water that they still cannot drink, and they certainly should not lose their homes over this ongoing water crisis that was caused by the callous decisions of state government. It is unfortunate that Governor Snyder ended water credits for Flint families. I opposed this decision because Flint families deserve support from the state until there is confidence in the water system again.”
You can learn more in the report by NBC25News
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