Lansing to vote on public safety millage

Posted at 8:45 AM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 08:45:59-04

Lansing will be asking voters to renew a Public Safety millage worth around $8 million a year.

It pays for roughly 30 police officer and 30 firefighters.

Voters originally passed the $4 million increase in 2011 after the mayor said he wouldn't be able to balance the city's budget without layoffs. On Wednesday, he told us Lansing cannot afford to lose the money the millage provides. 

"This millage was vital after the crash of '08 to saving departments," said Mayor Virg Bernero. "And it is just as vital today because we have not recovered from our losses from 2008."

In addition to the police and fire departments, the millage also generates $2 million a year for road and sidewalk repairs.