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Mon January 28, 2013
Bernero Says Lansing is Strong but Promises More Cuts
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will deliver his eighth State of the City address Monday night.
Bernero will speak at the historic Grand Trunk Western Railroad train depot, a century-old landmark that’s undergoing a major refurbishment by the Lansing Board of Water and Light. The mayor will tout the progress of the co-generation power plant that’s rising to life nearby in Lansing’s REO Town neighborhood, as well as other successes.
While Bernero says the city’s outlook is good, he faces a $9 million budget deficit that he says he’s confident he can rein in.
“A lot of the low-hanging fruit is gone, but I can promise you we will have a balanced budget, I can promise you there will be some pain," Bernero says. "There will be some tough medicine, some tough decisions; but we will get the job done and we will continue to promote the quality of life in Lansing.”
Bernero appointed a city financial review team late last year to recommend new approaches to chronic deficits. The team is expected to make its report in March.