Gov. Snyder signs $30 million Flint water bill relief

- Gov. Snyder signed the $30 million budget supplemental Friday morning, which is reimbursing Flint residents with credits on their water bills for water used for drinking, cooking and bathing. You can watch a replay of the event here.

Gov. Snyder also answered questions at the event about recently-released emails that show two lawyers in his office urged top aides to switch Flint's water source back to Detroit's only a few months after the switch was made. You can read more about that here

Flint residents will receive credits on their water bills for water they could not drink from the $30 million budget supplemental. For residents who have left the Flint water system, the credit will be applied first to outstanding water and sewer charges. If a credit remains, the customer will be issued a refund.  

For customers who are behind on paying their water bills, unpaid charges for drinking, bathing and cooking as well as late fees will be dropped. Residents would need to set up a plan with the city to pay outstanding bills for the remainder of the water portion that is not covered under this plan, as well as sewer charges.

For commercial water accounts, a 20-percent credit will be applied to water bills.
None of the $30 million allocated may be used for administrative charges. To calculate and administer the credits, the City of Flint is developing a program which will be implemented in a few weeks.
This credit plan brings the state's total investment in solving the water crisis in Flint to $70 million in its effort to help the city move forward, including $6 million to reconnect the city's water supply to the Great Lakes Water Authority.
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