Flint: Ban on water shut-offs having big impact

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint officials say more customers aren’t paying for water after a judge barred the city from shutting off service because of unpaid bills.

The number of people paying their bills dropped significantly after Judge Archie Hayman’s order on Aug. 17. Flint chief financial officer Jody Lundquist says revenue is down $500,000.

Hayman says illegal rates contributed to the unpaid bills. The city is appealing his ruling, but it also is adopting new rates to comply with the judge’s order. The Flint Journal says a typical bill will be reduced by $18.

In response, city administrator Natasha Henderson says Flint has put a freeze on hiring and halted projects worth $7 million.

An activist, Claire McClinton, is pleased with the lower rates and says water “is a human right.”

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Information from: The Flint Journal

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