Lansing Mayor Wants $3.3 Million for Road Repairs

By: News 10
By: News 10

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will include $3.3 million for road and sidewalk repairs when he presents his budget proposal to the city council Monday. He told $1.8 million will come from a millage passed by voters last year. As for where the remaining $1.5 million will come from, all he would say Friday night is, "we sharpened our pencils and of course the details will be in the budget, but you're going to see an emphasis on infrastructure which backs up the key things that we do."

The Mayor wants to focus the repairs on six miles worth neighborhood streets because the major roads are eligible for state funding. He considers roads his second priority after public safety because "it affects quality of life."

Lansing is facing a $9 million deficit and the Financial Health Team report released last week recommends spending $3 million on pension and health care costs, information technology improvements and the city's reserves. With the road spending, the city would have to cut spending in other areas by $13.5 million to meet those goals.

Stay with News 10 and for coverage of the Mayor's budget proposal and the long-term effort to fix Lansing's finances.

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  • by Dan Location: Lansing on Mar 24, 2013 at 01:27 AM
    I find it odd that he values roads over the Lansing police force. I remember voting for a tax increase to pay for police, and now I'm hearing my increased tax is going to layoff 10 officers? Is this true? Why are the roads more important than our safety.
  • by mike Location: lansing on Mar 23, 2013 at 09:50 AM
    Verg,how does it feel to want? I want u to do something to help seniors but that's not happening,like lower property tax,good place to start.
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