Bernero Vetoes Eight Items in Budget

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As promised, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has vetoed portions of the budget approved by council Monday.

In the paperwork signed Thursday morning, Mayor Bernero deleted one vacant council position, reduced the golf course subsidy and city's share of a sound wall as well as restoring operational expenses to police, fire, parks, zoo and cemeteries. The give and take amounts to roughly $245,000.

Mayor Bernero did not mention in his message not using reserves, but says he still feels strongly about staying away from the rainy day fund. Mayor Bernero hopes to do that with frugal money management throughout the next year.

Council member Sandy Allen says she's the Mayor's changes are worth looking into and maybe a compromise could be reached.

Council has two weeks to override Mayor Bernero's changes; six votes would be needed to do that.