“Insanity” – that’s how one Flint City Council member described plans to slash staffing in the city’s police and fire departments.
Flint’s emergency manager has proposed a budget that would cut 36 police and 19 fire department positions. The firefighter jobs are currently funded by a federal grant that expires next month, and the city doesn't have the money to keep them.
The city is also dealing with rising retiree health insurance costs.
Flint’s police and fire chiefs are working on plans to reorganize their departments to absorb the cuts.