david hollister http://michiganradio.org en Lansing city council votes on FY2014 budget tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-votes-fy2014-budget-tonight <p>The Lansing city council votes tonight on a budget for next year.</p><p></p><p>The vote will likely put the council at odds with Mayor Virg Bernero.</p><p></p><p>The mayor wants to fill a five million dollar hole in the 2014 budget, with added annual fees for city water and electricity customers. The money would pay for streetlights and fire hydrants.</p><p></p><p>Last week, the city council dumped the fees from the budget.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 04:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12636 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council votes on FY2014 budget tonight Selling Lansing city hall, privatizing some city services proposed to ease city budget woes http://michiganradio.org/post/selling-lansing-city-hall-privatizing-some-city-services-proposed-ease-city-budget-woes <p>A mayor's task force is recommending major changes to help the city of Lansing fix its budget issues.</p><p></p><p>The committee says city leaders should consider selling city hall and privatizing many city services.&nbsp; Another recommendation is to consolidate city departments with other local governments.</p><p></p><p>Former mayor David Hollister heads the mayor’s financial health team.&nbsp; He says the proposals will be unpopular, but he believes they're necessary to end Lansing’s chronic budget problems.</p><p></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:23:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 11693 at http://michiganradio.org Selling Lansing city hall, privatizing some city services proposed to ease city budget woes Lansing's mayor says privatizing the city's power company is not going to happen on his watch http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-says-privatizing-citys-power-company-not-going-happen-his-watch <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero’s State of the City address celebrated recent positive economic news for the capitol city.</p><p></p><p>But perhaps the biggest applause line in the speech last night involved the future of Lansing’s city-owned utility.</p><p></p><p>Last year, Mayor Virg Bernero appointed a committee to study ways of solving Lansing’s chronic budget problems. &nbsp;&nbsp;One option the panel has been looking at is privatizing the Lansing Board of Water and Light.</p><p></p><p>But Bernero says he wants that idea off the table.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:04:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 10977 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor says privatizing the city's power company is not going to happen on his watch Lansing's financial health will be reviewed by panel appointed by the mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-financial-health-will-be-reviewed-panel-appointed-mayor <p>Lansing’s mayor has appointed a committee to take a hard look at the capital city’s financial health.</p><p></p><p>The committee is made up of some of Lansing’s top business and civic leaders.</p><p></p><p>Declining property taxes and state revenue sharing dollars combined with rising costs are squeezing Lansing’s finances.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the committee will come up with short-term and long-term proposals for dealing with the city’s financial problems.</p><p></p><p>Former mayor David Hollister will chair the committee.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:40:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 9058 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's financial health will be reviewed by panel appointed by the mayor