At Saturday’s Cobo event, some of the people I talked with said they thought the payment plan they were being put on would be manageable. Others said that Duggan’s much-touted approach provided only a temporary reprieve. If they couldn’t afford to pay their water bill before, a number of these people said, what made officials think they could pay their current bills plus a portion of their past bills, as the plan requires, going forward? Still, they scrambled to come up with the 10 percent down just to keep the water flowing for the time being. Perhaps they are simply forestalling the inevitable, but water would at least keep flowing for the time being.
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