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Flint budget kerfuffle could lead to city shut down if officials can't reach agreement

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The Flint City Council will once again try to pass a budget tomorrow night before its fiscal year begins July 1st, but there’s little hope the divided council will be able to reach an agreement.

Flint’s dysfunctional city council has often struggled with mundane tasks, but the current stalemate over the proposed $71-million-dollar city budget threatens to cause a government shutdown.

The deadline is two weeks away, but both sides appear entrenched. Council couldn't reach a compromise during a marathon meeting that ran until three in the morning. 

Some council members are upset the budget does not contain more money for blight removal and public safety.

The budget does not include federal COVID relief money.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley calls the council members fighting his budget plan “obstructionists” pursuing “petty politics.”

If they can’t agree on a budget by the end of the month, then Flint would face a government shutdown.