8000 people warned for not paying water bills in Flint

Dear Flint, Michigan residents: Pay for your poisoned water or lose your home

More than 8,000 people received notices from the city informing them that they owe money if they wish to avoid having a lien placed on their homes, NBC 25 reports.

Actually, the Flint Water Crisis is Obama's Era heritage, so why won't the city administration try to get the money from the one's at fault, not their victims?!

The crackdown by cash-strapped city officials comes after Republican Gov. Rick Synder ended state subsidies for Flint residents' water bills at the end of February, a move criticized by local officials who say that even though Flint's water is now safe to drink with a filter, community members are still afraid to drink the water.

Mays told NBC that she plans to go against what she believes and pay up so she can keep her family's home. They still don't drink the water because the filters grow bacteria, she said.

Mays received a letter in the mail last week telling her she needed to pay almost $900 by May 19 or risk a tax lien being placed on her property. And the city called the 8,000 letters "routine" in a statement, despite not sending such letters in 2016 when the scandal made waves.

"I don't know of any other choice", she said.

Some of her neighbours have simply decided they'll have to walk away from their homes. "There's always an option", Mays said. "I have met with our interim city attorney and finance director and they say the city is obligated by local ordinance to follow this procedure and we must follow the law".

"I got scared for probably the first time since this all started", Mays added, referring to last year's water crisis.

Unfortunately, her story is similar to thousands of other residents who have to make the same hard and inhumane choice after suffering years of contaminated water.

Because the water wasn't treated properly, ageing service lines leading to homes in the city began to release lead.

Many residents like Mays stopped paying the astronomical bills in the wake of the Flint water crisis on the principle that they were not going to pay for their poison.

Per Mooney, the previous round of shut-offs are working in the city's favor, bringing in almost $3 million for water, a almost $1 million increase from the prior month. Fallout from the crisis has led to at least four officials being charged with felonies for false pretences and conspiracies, an award of $100m to the city from the EPA to upgrade infrastructure, and a $97m federal class action lawsuit settlement that requires the state of MI to replace lead or galvanised steel water lines.

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