Flint Residents Could Lose Their Homes For Not Paying Water Bills

NBC affiliate 25News reported Tuesday that more than 8,000 people have received notice from the city that they are "at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure if they don't pay up on their water bills" by May 19.

"And the city called the 8,000 letters "routine" in a statement - though no one got one a year ago, in the aftermath of the lead poisoning crisis", The Washington Post reported.

According to MI news station NBC 25, 8,000 Flint residents have received notices from the city threatening tax liens on their homes if they don't catch up on their water bills.

Many people haven't paid their water bill because of the city's tap water crisis.

Mooney's hope is that the 8,000 tax lien notices will prompt even more people to pay their water bills, which could bring in almost $6 million for the city.

If thousands of residents of Flint, Mich., don't pay their bills for water that still remains undrinkable without the use of a filter, they could be out on the streets. Flint has been struggling financially, a reality that's made dealing with the lead contamination even more hard.

The city of Flint, Michigan declared a state of emergency in December 2015 after the city's water source was found to be contaminated with lead.

Glasgow, 41, was the first of 13 Flint water crisis defendant to agree to a plea deal with prosecutors.

The city has defended their actions, saying that they need the cash.

"While I understand this is the way the law reads, we are in a totally different situation", Mays told the station. Officials also gave people a 65% discount on their water use each month.

Glasgow has said he was pressured by his supervisors to start treating Flint River water in April 2014 despite having too few experienced workers and too little time to prepare at the city's water treatment plant, which had not operated full-time for decades. "It is unfortunate that Governor Snyder ended water credits for Flint families", says Kildee. Its waters proved corrosive enough to break down the lead pipes it traveled through, leaching poison into the city's tap water.

"Flint families should not have to pay for water that they still can not drink, and they certainly should not lose their homes over this ongoing water crisis that was caused by the callous decisions of state government", said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), who opposed cutting off relief.

For a period of at least six months, the EPA and MI officials were aware of the poisoning of Flint's water, but did not publicize their concerns.

  • Larry Hoffman