|The water has been undrinkable in |
Flint, Michigan for three years now,
but people there are being told to pay
their water bills, or else.
The water crisis was caused by a series of boneheaded moves by state officials, who wanted to prove their "conservative" cost saving ways by switching water systems to something cheap and unsafe.
Who cares if a bunch of kids get sick if the move proves your conservative GOP credentials, right?
While Flint has been slowly working on a fix for this problem, the city also did something horrible, but again, state GOP officials have culpability here too:
The city is threatening to foreclose on and evict up to 8,000 residents because they refused to pay their water bills. Why pay for something you can't use and is unsafe, right?
According to NBC 25 in Flint:
"City leaders say they are in a bind and need the cash.
'We have to have revenue coming in, so we can't give people revenue, I mean excuse me, give people water at the tap and not get revenue coming in to pay those bills,' said Al Mooney, City of Flint Treasury Department."
If people do not pay up by May 19, their water bills go to the tax department, which starts the process of putting properties up for tax sales, and eventual foreclosures."
Got that? Pay for something dangerous and pay for a service that was not provided or lose your homes. Ain't America great?
The state of Michigan had been offering credits up until February, when the state decided the water was fine in Flint now, so everything's totally back to normal.
Except it isn't, of course.
Thousands of homes still have aging pipes that put people at risk for lead poisoning and those pipes have to be replaced. Expensive job for sure.
Few of the residents who received the tax liens expected them, and people have little time to save money to pay the bills or prepare for the notices. If people don't pay within nine months, they risk losing their homes.
Some politicians are still on Flint residents' side. "Flint families should not have to pay for water that they still cannot drink, and they certainly should not lose their homes over the ongoing water crisis that was caused by the callous decisions of state government," said Rep. Daniel Kildee in a written statement.
But, corrupt people who poison the citizenry have got to get their money from somewhere. Let's just soak people they've victimized even more, I guess.