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Lansing BWL Increase Still Leaves Budget Hole

   Board Water and Light commissioners agree to give an additional $3 million dollars in revenues to the city of Lansing in 2013.

     That might sound like good news, but that money won't cover the costs in the city council's budget, which was passed Monday.

     In a unanimous decision, the board water and light commissioners say the utility will give an additional 1 percent in revenues to the city, $3 million more per year for the next five years.

"We felt this was the most prudent thing for us to do in order to provide services to the city, but make sure that our customers and employees were taken care of also," said Board Water and Light Chair Sandy Zerkle.

  But some city council members aren't satisfied. they want another one point five million dollars to cover their budget passed just Monday.

   "This equates to services, services means that roads are getting fixed, that the parks are getting mowed, the trash is getting picked up," said Council Member Carol Wood.

  Services Wood says could be cut if the city can't come up with another way to get the cash.

 "We have to do something about this to make sure that we are serving the residents and constituents as well as those coming in and visiting our community," Council member Wood said.

   And as council tries to find a solution, Wood says they will continue to negotiate with the board water and light to see if there's anything more that can be done.

  In the meantime, the council's budget looks dim at best.

  A meeting date has not been set, but both the board of water and light and city council, have agreed to discuss the issue again in the near future.

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