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Flint, Mich. Homeowners Might Receive Foreclosures Over Unpaid Water Bills

Yes, the Flint water crisis is still going on three years later and things haven’t exactly gotten better. In fact, to add insult to injury, 8, 000 homeowners in the Michigan city could be facing foreclosure due to unpaid water bills.

In March, the City of Flint started issuing water shut off notices to residents with unpaid water bills. Tax lien warnings were also sent out to homeowners who had not paid their water bill in six months or more. What’s more shocking is there are laws in all 50 U.S. states which allow city governments to foreclose if residents who have been put on notice don’t pay their bill.

Flint is strapped for cash and the city’s spokesperson for the treasury department, Al Mooney, told NBC 25 on Tuesday, “We have to have revenue coming in, so we can’t…give people water at the tap and not get revenue coming in to pay those bills.”

According to Mooney, the water shut offs have led to Flint getting $3 million for water in April, which is up from March’s $2.1 million.

It’s possible Flint may not have clean water until 2020. In March of this year, Congress passed legislation allowing $100 million to replace lead pipes which caused the water contamination.

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