Flint's City Council President says the city's finances are stable, no EM needed

Aug 7, 2012

The referendum on Public Act 4, Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law is now slated to appear on the November ballot. Once the question is formally placed on the ballot, PA4 would be suspended.

Gov. Snyder and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette both say that the state will then revert to Public Act 72, the Emergency Financial Manager Law for cities and schools currently under state control.

But Flint’s City Council President, Scott Kincaid says Flint doesn’t need an emergency financial manager.

“Our audits are on time, we have cash flow in the city, we’re meeting our payroll, we’re paying suppliers and vendors, we have a deficit reduction plan in place, approved by the state. So when you look at the criteria for a financially stressed community, which would trigger Public Act 72 under the law, I don't believe the city meets any of that criteria,” Kincaid told Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White.

Kincaid says if Flint residents are unhappy with their elected officials they can do something about it, but the state should not bypass the voting process. “And when there is an election for City Council members next year, people in the community can make that choice, not the governor.”