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Flint City Council misses deadline to pass budget after 9am meeting

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – Flint City Council has not passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which puts them in violation of their city’s charter.

Even after a marathon of a Monday night council meeting – lasting nine hours – Flint City Council ended up failing to amend or pass Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s $ 71 million budget.

“Well, I have to tell you it’s three in the morning and I’m leaving,” said Kate Fields, president of Flint City Council.

During the meeting, Flint City Council members discussed proposed changes to the city’s budget and whether to accept or change the more than $ 47 million in COVID-19 relief funds.

“I don’t have the energy or anything to look for Ms. Galloway,” Fields said.

“And you didn’t recognize your colleague either,” said board member Maurice Davis, second room.

“You interrupted me, if you’re tired go home and we can sort it out when you leave. We usually do, ”said First Ward council member Eric Mays.

Arthur Woodson, a resident of Flint, stayed awake to watch the whole reunion hoping for a resolution that never came.

“It’s sad that people think of us as a clown show,” said Woodson.

At around three in the morning, the council attempted to vote. However, it was 4 to 4, as one of the council members did not answer the call.

Janell Johnson, administrative secretary in the city clerk’s office, said, “Well, I don’t know where Mt. Guerra is, but the vote is four yes and four no.

Fields said, “So it fails.”

Woodson said he was disappointed and things needed to change.

“Go to the board to sleep, leave the meetings during the meeting, don’t show up to the meetings, and then you come in and bicker. I mean enough is enough, ”said Woodson.

Fields is hosting a special meeting on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. specifically for the budget.

Board member Guerra told ABC 12 he was unable to answer because his phone went off after several hours and the budget decision should have been made well before midnight when the city ​​charter was due.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley said in a statement that …

“City council has had over two months and over 20 meetings to review our budget proposal.

The permanent obstructionists and dysfunctional Council members have all disappointed us with their constant pursuit of petty politics. ”

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