Peace March Costs City

By: Aaron Baskerville
By: Aaron Baskerville

The city of Lansing is looking at making changes in the way it handles marches and protests throughout the city.

With all city agencies feeling the pinch from expected budget cuts, Lansing wants to decrease the expense of local marches.

The anti-war protest on Saturday cost Lansing more than $16,000 to cover expenses, mainly controlling traffic and ensuring the safety of its participants.

Now the city is looking at ways to decrease the cost like asking the state for help or requiring organizers to pay for a permit. Lansing Police Department spent more than $10,000 in overtime on the march.

Lansing City Council President says the goal is not to stop protestors from gathering, but to look at ways to ensure city services don't feel the pinch.

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