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Mayor Says Vetoes Are Coming

The City Council says they've approved a balanced budget, but the mayor says he has his veto pen ready.

Lansing's City Council had until midnight Monday to approve a budget for fiscal year 2014.

They did with the biggest item coming from a roughly one percent request to Board Water and Light through their pilotor payment in lou of taxes to the city.

The decision is different from the mayor's idea of raising lansing customers and businesses a $46 a year fee to pay for city street lights and fire hydrants.

Mayor Bernero doesn't have an issue with that, but he does when it comes to the city eliminating a cold case officer and technology position.

"I am convinced that we need that cold case officers, we can't allow those cold cases to languish, families deserve closure, we need to do more, we need to do more, so that's one I can tell you I'm going to veto that cut," Mayor Bernero said.

BWL still has to approve the request, if they deny council's proposal, they would have to come up with the money elsewhere.

This is not the first time Lansing has asked for an increase in the PILOT, last year, Board Water and Light increased it from 4 to 5 percent. This request would put the PILOT around 6 percent and save the city around $3 million dollars.

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