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Detroit due to report results from pension vote

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DETROIT (WJBK) - The city of Detroit says it won't shut off water for those with unpaid bills for 15 days. The Water and Sewerage Department is giving customers more time to prove they cannot pay their bills and enroll in a payment plan.

Meanwhile, Detroit's bankruptcy judge is also demanding answers about the water shutoffs as the court waits for the final vote tally from union members and retirees
on the so-called the plan of adjustment.

The lawyers were in court Monday and told the judge they'd have the results by the end of the day but Bill Nowling, spokesperson for emergency manager Kevyn Orr, says the vote tally is not expected until after 8 p.m.

VIDEO: Click on the video in the video player above to hear more from Charlie Langton who was also in court

The outcome will have an impact on Detroit's bankruptcy case, which goes to trial on Aug. 14. Support for pension changes would give the city a big boost as the judge decides whether the overall strategy is fair and feasible.

General retirees would see a 4.5 percent pension cut and lose annual inflation adjustments. Retired police officers and firefighters would lose a portion of their annual cost-of-living raise.

Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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