The Flint, Mich., City Council last week voted to file a lawsuit to prevent the new emergency financial manager from taking office, saying the city's financial position has significantly improved since the state took it over last December.

The council asked Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for a hearing on the city's fiscal position, according to a report in the Flint Journal. The move came a day after the state appointed a new emergency financial manager.

The Michigan Local Emergency Financial Assistance Board last week appointed Ed Kurtz as the new manager of the state-controlled city, after the state's election board formally approved a ballot measure asking voters to repeal the state's most recent EM law.

The board's move triggered the automatic suspension of the current management law, which in turn revived the former management law. State officials then reappointed three of the four emergency managers who currently oversee state-controlled municipalities, and managers of the three school districts under emergency management.

In Flint, state officials appointed Kurtz in place of former manager Mike Brown, who was ineligible to serve under the older law because he had previously served as interim mayor.

In response, the City Council said they wanted out of emergency management due to improved finances.

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