Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero releases 2017 budget recommendation

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – On Monday, Mayor Virg Bernero released his 2017 budget recommendation for the city of Lansing.

The mayor’s 2017 budget recommendation includes strategic investments in key areas including neighborhoods, public safety, and technology.

Monday, Mayor Bernero also shared some positive news for the city of Lansing as the budget kicks off with a $2 million dollar surplus.

Key items in the proposed spending plan include:

A $123.5 million general fund budget, a 2 percent increase from last year.

Also on the list is one big obligation, nearly one quarter of city expenditures or over $41 million, needs to be set aside to fund retiree health care costs.

Plus Mayor Bernero plans to set aside $1 million to upgrade the city’s aging fleet of vehicles plus add two new mechanics at the city garage to help maintain city trucks, ambulances, and snow plows.

Monday night, the mayor plans to formally present his 2017 budget recommendation to city council.

It’s then up to council which has until May 16 to adopt a final city spending plan for the next budget year.

See the full budget here: Mayor Bernero 2017 Budget

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