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Lansing city council votes on FY2014 budget tonight

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The Lansing city council votes tonight on a budget for next year.

The vote will likely put the council at odds with Mayor Virg Bernero.

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.

Last week, the city council dumped the fees from the budget.

Instead, the council made several spending cuts, including eliminating several new positions the mayor wants to add to the city's payroll. It also cuts funding for Lansing’s Sister Cities and Faith Based Initiatives programs.

The council also voted to make Lansing’s city owned utility pay back more to the city in lieu of taxes.

Mayor Virg Bernero will have until Thursday to veto parts of the city budget he doesn’t like.

The Lansing city council has until early June to try to override the mayor’s expected vetoes.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio 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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