Showdown brewing over Lansing's city budget for next year

May 17, 2013

The Lansing city council has rejected a plan to increase fees on city utility customers.

Today the city council approved a budget plan that axes the 46-dollar utility fee and several million dollars in spending in the mayor’s proposed budget for next year. Final council approval is expected Monday night.

“I think many of us had heard the concerns that people wanted to make sure we were making the cuts that needed to be made,” says Carol Wood, Lansing city council president.

The mayor’s office is reviewing the changes. It's possible Mayor Virg Bernero may veto all or some of the changes to his budget plan. If that happens, the Lansing city council will have to override the mayor’s vetoes to make its budget changes stick.