Lansing Facing $11 Million Budget Gap

By: News 10
By: News 10

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is warning that the city is facing an $11 million budget shortfall in the Fiscal Year 2014 general fund that begins next July.

Bernero says the shortfall is being caused by an expected $3 million decline in general fund revenues, from nearly $112 million currently to $109 million. And while the city is taking in less, the the cost of providing the same level of city services is projected to increase by $8 million.

The mayor says budget cuts or "revenue enhancements", or a combination of the two, will be necessary to balance the city's budget.

"Everything is on the table," said Mayor Bernero, Friday.

A formal budget recommendation isn't due until next March, but Mayor Bernero says he wanted to reveal the magnitude of the budget gap as early as possible.

We'll have more on Friday's announcement on News 10 at 6.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing on Oct 5, 2012 at 01:47 PM
    Why can't they use some of the money from the lottery. Instead of 100% of it going to schools, use some of it for budget deficits.
  • by Mark Location: Okemos on Oct 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    "Providing the same level of services" means maintaining high salaries, retirement benefits and health insurance benefits. "Revenue enhancements" means taxes.
  • by Mark Location: Okemos on Oct 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    Bankruptcy looming! Or big tax increases (there just was a tax increase wasn't there?). It's up to the taxpayers to decide. New mayor and city council first wouldn't hurt.
  • by Name Location: Location on Oct 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    Smells like another millage. Is that all hte democrats think about is spend spend spend and take take take.
  • by jd Location: lansing on Oct 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    its time for bernero to go. he pushed for property tax increases and now they want more.
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