Lansing Budget Proposal

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Mayor Tony Benavides made his 2004-2005 city of Lansing Budget Proposal. The proposal avoids layoffs and tax increases, but some say the rainy day fund and city services could suffer.

Last year, the city took $2.2 million out of the rainy day fund, and this year, the mayor’s office proposes another $1.6 million.

Some council members are concerned about the proposed 20-percent cut in the fund but also the plan to keep 65 to 70 city jobs vacant.

Council member Carol Wood says the city can no longer say that no tax increases, no layoffs, and no additional help for city workers will not have an impact on city services.

The budget will be voted on May 17.