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Lansing Mayor Vetoes The Budget

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has vetoed all of the amendments to the city's budget.

"I presented them a fair balanced budget. They gave me something back that needs a lot of work, that was short sided and was ill advised," said Bernero.

The Lansing City Council passed the budget on Monday through a 5-3 vote, after making several substantial changes to the mayor's orginal $112 million budget.

The biggest change was how to make up most of the city's $5.5 million deficit. The mayor originally planned to launch a streetlight and fire hydrant fee. The council amended the plan to increase the amount of money Lansing's Board of Water and Light pays to the city out of its yearly revenue, a plan Mayor Bernero previously told WLNS he agreed with.

"On that the mayor and council are on substantive agreement. That in essence is a technical veto," said Bernero. The mayor says he only vetoed the BWL plan because the company has yet to agree on it.

Bernero also vetoed cuts to other programs, including a faith based initiative to help families in need, hiring a detective to work the city's cold cases, and Lansing's "sister city" program - a cultural exchange program with cities around the world.

The budget now goes back to the council, which will need a 6-2 majority vote to override the mayor's vetoes.


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