Lansing mayor asks for millage renewal for police, fire and roads

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is set to ask voters to approve a renewal of a special millage to pay for police, fire and roads.

The mayor wants to see the renewal question on the November 8 general election ballot.

To get to that point Bernero must first get the approval of the City Council to place the renewal request on the ballot.

The mayor has called for a special City Council meeting to be held next Monday night to take up the millage question.

“Without the millage, we would almost certainly have to lay off police officers and firefighters and that’s simply not an acceptable option,” said Bernero. “Public safety is my top priority as mayor and I believe the citizens of Lansing agree.”

According to Lansing Finance Director Angela Bennett says even with the millage renewal city taxpayers will be lower than when the initial millage was approved in November 2011.

Due to declining property values in Lansing the city has lost an estimated $7.2 million per year in property tax revenues.

The existing 4-mill levy is split into three allocations: 1.5 mills for police protection, 1.5 mills for fire protection and 1 mill for local road maintenance.

The total revenue generated by the existing millage is an estimated $7.7 million.

The millage currently costs a Lansing homeowner whose property is valued at $100,000 about $200 per year, or $3.84 per week.

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