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Genesee County wants the money back it spent on Flint water crisis

County asking state to reimburse them more than $1 million

FLINT, Mich. – Genesee County is calling on the state of Michigan to pay back the county's expenses connected to the Flint water crisis. 

The Genesee County Board of Commissioners is asking for more than $1 million in reimbursement for costs. 

Board Chairman Jamie Curtis said the water crisis was a "man made disaster," and the county is not at fault. 

“It’s the right thing to do because Genesee County did not participate in any way, shape or form in the decision for Flint, Michigan, to use the river,” Curtis said. “It was under the state’s emergency managers, and those people from the state running that city that made that decision.”

Curtis referenced a quote from Snyder’s congressional testimony last week: “When he makes the statement that all levels of government have failed, that’s incorrect. Genesee County didn’t fail. Genesee County has been taking care of its residents long before we declared the emergency Oct. 1.”

Curtis said the board has asked its senators to put in an appropriate for the money that is separate from any that are for Flint. 

In the late afternoon, members of a committee that's looking into the governmental response to the water emergency take a tour of the city's water treatment plant.

Flint was under state financial management in 2014 when the city stopped using treated water from the Detroit system and switched to the Flint River to save money.

Corrosion controls were not used in the river water, causing lead to leach from aging pipes into some Flint homes.

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