Kids in the Hall
|By Neal McNamara|
An aggregator of Lansing government happenings
After several weeks of threatening to do so, the administration of Mayor Virg Bernero delivered its deficit elimination plan to the City Council at Monday’s meeting. (Well, it wasn’t a threat, really, but a promise and a requirement under state law.)
Though the Bernero administration gave most of the information to the media last week, the proposal given to Council Monday night was slightly more detailed and puts on paper the administration’s plans to eliminate a $3 million deficit.
As a refresher: the deficit is a result of a $2 million loss in state revenue sharing, plus another $1 million in lower-than-expected-revenues from the Board of Water and Light equity
The Bernero administration has proposed to eliminate the deficit with a 10 percent cut to discretionary budgets and nine furlough days for
But put forward Monday were two things that had not previously been discussed much: reducing capital projects expenditures so that the money could be transferred to the parks millage account to make up a $56,000 deficit at the Sycamore Driving Range. Another part of the plan would be to use $430,000 in drug forfeiture money to fund the Police Department’s special operations unit.
Some of the departments that will knock the largest chunks out of the deficit are the Finance Department, with $149,000 coming out of the furlough days; the Parks and Recreation operating fund, which will be reduced by $147,226; and, if agreed to, furloughs would reduce Fire Department personnel expenditures by $476,800, and the Police Department by $528,100.
It was discovered Monday night, during questioning of budget manager Angela Bennett by At-Large Councilman Brian Jeffries, that elected officials will not be subject to furlough days because the Elected Officers Compensation Commission is
When asked if there were any city employees who would not be taking furlough days — specifically, members of the mayor’s cabinet — Ambrose said no. Cabinet members are salaried, Ambrose said, so their salaries will be reduced by the equivalent of nine days.
It was also revealed Monday that the city is looking at a plan that would spread the hours lost
The deficit elimination plan will next be discussed at the Council Committee of the Whole on Thursday.