FLINT, Mich. — Flint voters will decide whether to update the city’s 43-year-old charter with changes including stronger ethics standards and a requirement to create a water bill assistance plan.

Voters on Aug. 8 will cast ballots on the proposed charter , which was drafted over the last two years by the City of Flint Charter Review Commission.

The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2u4UmU7 ) it aims to boost transparency by improving notice of public meetings to residents, creating a water and sewer bill payment assistance plan and preventing Flint from using water and sewer funds for other matters.

It was drafted amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. Water and sewer bills have been an issue amid the crisis.

An ombudsman would enforce ethics requirements, investigate complaints and conduct performance audits on city officials.


Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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