Flint, MI – Mayor Karen Weaver issued the following statement today following a unanimous vote of support from the state-appointed Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB), to put forth a recommendation for the transition of authority back to the City of Flint administration and City Council:
“This is another step in the right direction for Flint. Our City’s government has been under state control for years, and this is a decision the leaders and citizens of Flint have waited a long time for.
I appreciate Fred Headen, and all the members of RTAB for acknowledging the progress we have made in Flint, the leadership, and actions we have taken to satisfy the concerns of the State, despite all the challenges we have faced. I have always been in favor of home rule. The individuals that the residents elect should be able to make decisions and do the job they were elected to do. And we will continue doing what is in the best interest of the people and the future of Flint.”
The RTAB must now make a formal recommendation to state officials to rescind Emergency Order 20, which would restore authority back to City of Flint officials for day-to-day operations. While today’s action is a major step toward the City of Flint’s relationship with the RTAB being dissolved, pursuant to Public Act 436, the board would still have statutory powers and be utilized to approve budgets and collective bargaining agreements.