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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