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City Tackles Nearly 5 Million Dollar Budget Deficit

The mayor tackles a major budget deficit in the city of Lansing.

Ahead of his Monday night budget presentation to city council the mayor promises to balance the city's budget and bolster public safety.

But that doesn't mean cuts are out of the question.

Right now Lansing is faced with a multi-million dollar deficit and Friday night the mayor explained what we can expect in 2013.

Cuts are coming and it wont be pretty that's the message from Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero just days before presenting his 2013 budget.

Bernero: "The low-hanging fruit is gone, the easy decisions have been made-- we're left with very difficult decisions."

The mayor says police, fire and roads wont see any cuts because of the recent millage.
In fact, he says the budget strengthens those areas but when it comes to what will be on the chopping block, he's not talking.

One thing he did tell us is that furlough days are on the table for city workers, possibly up to one day a week depending on what employees are willing to give in concessions.

Bernero: "The more savings we can identify in healthcare, the fewer furlough days."

Facing a deficit just under 5 million dollars, the mayor says the reasons have to do with a continued decline in property taxes along with steep increases in pension and health care costs.

Bernero: "So we're trying to provide 2013 services at 2001 prices."

But even so Mayor Bernero says he's going to bridge that gap.

Bernero: "People can get involved in politics and make this about politics but the reality is, its more about math."

And right now the math says things are going to get ugly.
But Bernero says he'll take ugly, over an emergency manager.

The mayor says the 5 million dollar deficit is less than than they had anticipated but
he says the city is expecting another deficit for the 2014.

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