Bernero To Propose $20 Million In Cuts Monday

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is set to announce Monday night the details of his budget proposal.

And it's gonna be painful.

News 10 has learned from Bernero spokesman Randy Hannan what the capital city can expect to see from the mayor at the city council meeting.

Here's the breakdown:

1. The city's looking at about a $20 million gap between revenues and costs. In fact, Hannan says Bernero's proposed budget is the smallest in 10 years -- at about $100 million (the 2011 budget was $108 million).

2. That means Bernero could call for layoffs of 200 positions city-wide, with 120 of those slated for the police and fire departments, which have largely escaped cuts over the past five years.

3. Lansing could also close three of its fire stations.

4. Here's the one caveat: If voters approve a four-mill property tax increase in May, the city could get back about $8.5 million, which would mean fewer cuts to public safety.

5. Hannan also notes that Gov. Snyder's planned cuts to revenue sharing be smaller than first expected. Under incentive plans proposed by Snyder, Lansing could get back as much as $4.6 million.

Even still, those two combined would still leave Lansing with a projected $7 million deficit. As Hannan said, cuts are coming "either way."

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  • by Kurk Location: Lansing on Mar 28, 2011 at 03:28 PM
    When will reporters smarten up about the subject they are covering/ In this case they straight out ask the mayor how many of these "positions" are actual people and how many are left over open positions unmanned? might surprise a lot of people that are worried over nothing the sheriff did the same thing during his quest to get a millage passed last year (Failed) he even said in one interview that if it passed he would fill empty positions with the money and end up with more cops instead of what he was saying, just saving jobs
  • by SM on Mar 28, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    I wish you people will understand that these are not threats. But this is a very REAL possibility...Do you know what having 120 fewer Police and Firefighters can and will have on our safety..Here let me tell you. It means that it will take even longer response times. I hurts to know that the citizens of Lansing do not support their Police and Fire Departments..
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      by Bruce on Mar 28, 2011 at 02:42 PM in reply to SM
      SM, you need to get smarter about whats going on, the mayor is NOT talking about 120 actual people, he is talking positions, over half of these positions are not manned, but left over from past layofs or retirements... Learn about your subject before you speak please
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        by SM on Mar 28, 2011 at 03:55 PM in reply to Bruce
        I do know for a fact that if this does not pass 49 Patrol Officers 4 Command Officers and an unknow amount of Firefighters will be layed off
  • by Nicky on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:45 AM
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Mar 28, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    Ah yes. Yet another attempted shakedown of the taxpayers. I guess the mayor and his cronies feel it is more important to keep a bloated staff of clerks and other pencil pushers employed at the cost of fire and police protection! Good luck Mr Mayor. The county tried the same tactic awhile back. Just reduce the staff size and chop their bloated wage and benefit packages. There is a lot of room to chop non productive costs. Leave the public safety people alone. They actually do something bneneficial for the taxpayers. (And for the record, I have no affiliation with anyone in these departments.) Thank you. Ricardo
  • by tiredvoter on Mar 27, 2011 at 10:19 PM
    Here we go again politicians threatening the safety of citizens. If voters do not pass a proposed tax increase significant cuts will be made in the protection afforded to us by the police and fire departments. Our safety and protection is a fundamental right and should be provided by our government above all other departments. Perhaps the City should reconsider all the tax abatements that are being given to business and development (i.e. Knapps building renovations!) and take care of the people that elected them in the 1st place. I am sick of being held hostage by our leaders while they use funds for everything BUT protection.
  • by Wayne Location: Lansing on Mar 27, 2011 at 10:14 PM
    Sorry! But we MUST say NO to anymore TAXES. The BUCK coming out of my wallet MUST STOP NOW!!! If it means closing fire stations and laying people off from work so be it.
  • by robert Location: lansing on Mar 27, 2011 at 09:49 PM
    Maybe his buddies in the unions will chip in to help him, since they wasted all that money for the governors race, I'm sure they have extra money someplace in their coffers.
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