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Lansing City Budget Must Pass By Tonight

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has laid out his plan and city council has a plan of its own to cover a $5.5 million deficit. They have until the close of Monday to pass the budget.

Mayor Bernero has said that there are some key differences between the council's budget plan and his own. Rather than charging Board of Water & Light customers an additional fee, council wants to charge BWL 6.2 percent of it's annual revenue. Right now, BWL only pays the city 5 percent of it's earnings.

 

The mayor actually says he's okay with that idea. The problem is that if that plan is approved, there is still about a $1.5 million dollar hole that needs to be filled.

BWL Commissioner Sandy Zerkle says the hikes will likely mean rates will increase for customers.

Council President Carol Wood says that under the council's budget plan, however, customers would be better off because costs would be spread across all BWL customers, not just those in the City of Lansing.

Council's recommendation to make up the remainder of the deficit includes cuts to various programs which the mayor supports. Bernero said he would flat out veto those cuts at the budget meeting when they come his way Monday night.

The council meets Monday at 6:45p.m.

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