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Water wars in Flint? Lawsuit ahead

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A water war is bubbling over in the city of Flint.

Local residents are so fed up with paying high water bills, they are suing the city.

Those residents claim Flint illegally increased rates and misspent the funds.

Flint resident Val Washington says he paid about $210 last December.

Not only is it cheaper to buy the water they drink, Washington claims that he even takes his showers at a local gym.

Washington is the attorney behind a lawsuit filed by City Council President Scott Kincaid and other Flint residents.

They're accusing the city of illegally raising water and sewer rates and using the money to help pay its bills. "The money that is collected from water and sewer rates is supposed to be used solely to repair, maintain, operate, or to pay debt service on water or sewer related entities or enterprises or operations, and that's not happening," Washington said.

Washington claims that not only is the city using the funds improperly, the city did not follow due process in increasing the rates.

He stated his case to Genesee County's Chief Circuit Judge.

The judge did not make a decision of whether this lawsuit should move forward.

Spokesperson Jason Lorenz says the city does not comment on pending litigation.

If the lawsuit does go through, it asks for a slash of the increases and a refund of the increased amount the folks here have paid.

Stay with WNEM as we'll continue to update this story as new information becomes available.

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