city budget en Kalamazoo leaders vote on a new city budget Monday <p>On Monday, the <a href="">Kalamazoo City Commission</a> is scheduled to vote on its city budget.</p><p></p><p>The budget plan commissioners will vote on reflects Kalamazoo’s basic problem: rising legacy costs.</p><p></p><p>Much of the more than $2 million budget gap is due to the increasing costs of retiree health care.</p><p></p><p>The budget covers much of the gap with one-time funding. That means a longer term solution will have to be found.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15880 at Kalamazoo leaders vote on a new city budget Monday Lansing mayor uses his veto pen, city council president "disappointed" <p>Mayor Virg Bernero today vetoed a portion of the city budget plan approved by the Lansing City Council Monday night.&nbsp;<br /><br />The city council now has two weeks to see if it can override the veto.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 21:16:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 7608 at Lansing mayor uses his veto pen, city council president "disappointed" Lansing City Council delays budget vote <p>The Lansing City Council is taking more time to review next year&rsquo;s budget plan.</p><p>Council has delayed its vote on the budget from May 14th to May 21st.</p><p>Councilwoman Carol Wood says there are &ldquo;holes&rdquo; in the mayor&rsquo;s budget plan.</p><p>&ldquo;Those holes have not been plugged. All we&rsquo;re being told is they might be filled,&quot; says Wood,&nbsp; &quot;And I can&rsquo;t pass in good conscience for the taxpayers of the city of Lansing. I can&rsquo;t pass a budget that way.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 16:38:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 7381 at Lansing City Council delays budget vote Flint city council to be briefed on next year's budget by emergency manager <p>The Flint City Council will hear this afternoon how the city&rsquo;s emergency manager plans to spend the city&rsquo;s money next year.</p><p>Emergency Manager Michael Brown has been poring over Flint&rsquo;s finances since he was appointed by Governor Snyder in December to deal with the city&rsquo;s &ldquo;financial crisis.&rdquo;</p><p>Brown&rsquo;s budget plan for next year is expected to reflect the need for further financial belt tightening for a city that has already felt the pinch of past cuts.</p><p>Flint&rsquo;s finance director has said the budget will probably show the city will have to do &ldquo;less with less.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That may include layoffs and furlough days for city employees.</p><p>Several city unions agreed to contract concessions this month.</p><p>The emergency manager&rsquo;s budget plan may also include selling bonds to address Flint&rsquo;s long-term debt problem. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:34:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 7148 at Doing "less with less" in Lansing <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero plans to tell the city council tonight&nbsp;how he plans to cut nearly five million dollars to balance the capital city&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>That fact that Lansing is only facing about a five million dollar budget gap next year is actually good news.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Last fall, the mayor&rsquo;s office was predicting the city might be facing up to a 15 million dollar shortfall.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:01:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 6778 at Doing "less with less" in Lansing Contract talks continue in Lansing <p>Time is running out for the city of Lansing to win new contract concessions from its labor unions.&nbsp; Meanwhile, another round of layoff notices will soon go to some city employees.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lansing&rsquo;s mayor&rsquo;s office continues to negotiate with union leaders seeking 3 million dollars in concessions before the city&rsquo;s new budget takes effect July 1<sup>st</sup>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Virg Bernero&nbsp;says the city and the unions are talking in good faith to avoid possible layoffs.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:14:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 2765 at Contract talks continue in Lansing Lansing city council approves budget with deep cuts in public safety <p>The Lansing city council voted 5 to 3 last night&nbsp;to approve a city budget that deeply cuts police and fire in the capitol city.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lansing, like many Michigan cities, is struggling with declining tax revenues and rising health care costs.&nbsp;</p><p>Last night, the city council approved a budget that lays off more than a hundred city employees, including dozens of police officers and firefighters.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says the cuts in public safety are&nbsp;unavoidable.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 03:32:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 2523 at Lansing city council approves budget with deep cuts in public safety Predicted snow storm brings new financial headache to Michigan cities <p><a href=";_ylt=ArJta_ObNssCTUrro.m5JW1vzwcF;_ylu=X3oDMTJwcWRhbXVuBGFzc2V0A25tLzIwMTEwMjAxL3VzX3dlYXRoZXJfbWlkd2VzdF9zdG9ybQRjcG9zAzIEcG9zAzQEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDbWlkd2VzdGJyYWNl">Forecasters say the snow is coming</a>.&nbsp; It’s expected to make travel hazardous on Michigan roads.</p><p>It’s also expected to cause another financial headache to many cash strapped Michigan cities and towns.</p><p>Anthony Minghine&nbsp;is the Associate Executive Director of the <a href="">Michigan Municipal League.</a></p><blockquote><p><em>"Budgets have become so incredibly tight that these events become more and more difficult to absorb.&nbsp; And again, depending on the magnitude of the storm, if it’s as big as it says, it could be a two to three day event, and you know, getting everything cleared and back up to speed it will become very costly for folks."&nbsp; </em></p></blockquote><p>Minghine says money spent now on snow removal is money that won’t be spent on road repair and other projects this Spring. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:31:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 1111 at Predicted snow storm brings new financial headache to Michigan cities