For the second year in a row, a majority of the Lansing City Council removed funding for a part-time position in Mayor Virg Bernero's budget proposal. And on Monday night, for the second year in a row, the Council didn't have the necessary six votes to override the mayor’s veto when he put it back in.
Thursday, May 23 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has vetoed all of the City Council’s budget amendments, reinstating expenditures for information technology and several other General Fund line items to balance the city’s budget that starts July 1.
In his office Monday night shortly after the Lansing City Council adopted a budget for the next fiscal year, the first item Mayor Virg Bernero promised to veto was the Council's elimination of a new, full-time cold-case investigator.
Friday, May 17 — Instead of charging city Board of Water and Light customers fees for streetlights and fire hydrants, the Lansing City Council wants to increase the publicly owned utility’s payment in lieu of taxes to balance next fiscal year’s budget.
Thursday, May 16 — Lansing City Attorney Janene McIntyre issued a formal legal opinion today saying the city could move forward with charging Lansing Board of Water and Light customers fees for fire hydrants as part of Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed budget. However, the City Council would need to amend an ordinance to allow for a special assessment to pay for streetlights.
Thursday, May 16 — A procession of nearly 200 bicyclists traveled from Michigan State University to the Capitol Wednesday night. As a police escort stopped traffic along Michigan Avenue throughout the ride, it felt as if the cyclists were making the statement to idle cars watching: “These are our roads, too.”