The Lansing city council Monday night will spend some time trying to prioritize how the city should spend its money.
The city council is required to deliver its budget priorities for the year ahead to the mayor’s office by October First.
Carol Wood is the Lansing city council president.
She says the mayor’s office is supposed to incorporate the council’s priorities as it begins the process of drafting the next fiscal year’s budget.
Wood says the council is looking at a wide variety of ideas.
“Some of these are things we’ve asked for in previous years. Some of these are studies to have better cost efficiencies in departments. Some of these are looking at ‘quality-of-life’ issues with neighborhoods,” says Wood.
The main priority guiding Lansing’s city budget plans in recent years has been the need to cut spending.
Wood is hopeful that will be less a priority in the coming year.