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Flint residents won't see water bill credits this week

Apr 8, 2016

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Flint residents waiting for relief on their water bills are going to have to wait a little longer.

On Friday, city administrator Sylvester Jones said the city wasn't ready to send residents new water bills with state-promised credits.

The new bills were expected to go out this week, but Jones said the city needs more time to make sure they're correct, transparent and easy to understand.

It's unclear when the credited bills will go out, but Jones said the city hopes it will be soon.

In February, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation to give Flint $30 million to put toward residents' water bills.

The idea is to help reimburse people for lead-contaminated tap water they purchased after the city switched its water source to the Flint River.

The money will cover 65% of the water bills from the past two years. Flint residents are still responsible for paying city water and sewer fees.