Lansing City Council Approves 2016 Budget

UPDATE: Lansing City Council has approved the budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The Lansing City Council discussed the city’s budget Tuesday.

While they haven’t made any formal decisions, 6 News Christa Lamendola was there during the hours of discussion.

The two hot topics were the creation of the BWL inspector general position and whether or not council should set money aside for another code compliance officer.

They haven’t made any formal decisions yet, but in the committee of the whole meeting council members approved a budget proposal to nix the BWL inspector general position altogether.

Instead they would use the $200,000 in the budget to hire an outside audit agency that would audit, and evaluate BWL, then report to the city council on a regular basis.

All council members agree they want transparency with the BWL since the miscommunication during the 2013 ice storm.

And hiring an external audit agency, independent of the city will help level the playing field.

That agency would be under a one year contract with the city and although council has $200,000 set aside for it, if the audit doesn’t cost that much, any extra money will go back into the city’s rainy day fund.

Last week the BWL electrical workers union said it did not support the BWL inspector general position. This week union members say an external agency is something they can work with.

Council members said no to adding a new code compliance officer, saying they wanted more time to investigate the problems with rental inspections.

These are preliminary decisions, which still need to be publicly approved at the city council meeting. Stay with 6 News at www.wlns.com and watch 6 This Morning for the latest from the city council meeting.

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