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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he is temporarily dropping a plan to consolidate city police operations in a single location.

WKAR file photo

The East Lansing City Council votes tonight on a proposed budget that could give residents some short-term relief from tax hikes.

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is presenting his proposed 2013 budget to the city council.  Last November, voters approved a public safety millage that enabled the city to reduce its projected deficit to between $5 million and $7 million -- roughly half of what it was last year.  But to close the remaining gap, the mayor’s plan asks many city employees to either take up to 26 days off without pay or pay more for their health insurance and pensions.  Mayor Bernero tells WKAR’s Kevin Lavery that the furlough days are on a sliding scale.

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