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Lansing Deficit At $5 Million, Not $9 Million

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LANSING, Mich. (WLSN) - Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will unveil his fiscal year 2014 budget recommendations Monday night to the city council. The challenge is that the city's facing a $5.5 million deficit.

His financial review team made their own recommendations, which included up to $3 million in concessions for Lansing police and fire millages.

 

The Director of the Fraternal Order of Police in Lansing, Tom Krug, said in the past three years, police have already given back $2.5 million in concessions to the city and Lansing PD is suffering already.

Krug said if the mayor does recommend these cuts and they eventually go through, the city becomes less safe.

 

 

 

It will take cooperation between city council and the mayor to approve a final budget that both reduces the deficit and maintains services for the city.

 

Bernero said the city needs to restructure items like state funded pension plans, in addition to increases in the city's fees to make up the deficit difference. But, he's going to have to sell city council on his proposals.

Council President Carol Wood said in terms of cuts, there is a line she won't cross and that's expectations people have about living in Lansing. She added she wants to keep politics out of the decisions since it is ultimately the public's budget.

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