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Lansing's mayor rolls out his proposed budget Monday night

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will deliver his proposed city budget for the next year to the city council tomorrow. 

The mayor’s proposed budget is expected to deal with a projected nine million dollar budget shortfall.

A team appointed by Mayor Bernero suggested deep contract concessions by the city’s police and fire unions, among other cuts.

Tom Krug is the executive director with the local Fraternal Order of Police.

He says Lansing police officers have already agreed to more than a million dollars in contract concessions since 2009.

Krug says that’s enough. 

“We are not going to open our contract. We have a contract good through the Summer of ’15,” says Krug. 

The mayor has said he is considering his financial health team’s wide ranging recommendations as he put together his budget plan.

Mayor Bernero says his budget will include more than 3 million dollars in new road and sidewalk construction spending.   The money is coming from a recently passed millage.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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