East Lansing Budget Cuts

The City of East Lansing could close its public library, Hanna Community Center and parts of its fire and police department if a veto of state revenue sharing isn’t overturned.

The City created a laundry list of possible cuts including; $2.9 million in recreation, $1 million in maintenance and $2.9 million in public services such as police and fire protection.

The budget crunch is a result of Gov. John Engler’s veto of state revenue sharing. Local governments depended on that state aid across Michigan, and many communities are scrambling to reassess their budgets.

Gov. Engler says his veto helped insure the financial status of the state.

There could be a vote to overrule the veto on Aug. 13. If it were overruled it would be the first time since 1977, according to state representatives.