LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The importance of public safety and improving roads and sidewalks was the theme Wednesday afternoon as Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero joined police and fire officials to officially kick off the campaign to renew Lansing’s Public Safety Millage.
Lansing voters first approved the millage back in 2011.
It was designed to help replace the millions of dollars the city lost in property tax revenue during the recession.
Now, city officials are fighting hard to make sure residents vote yes to renew the existing millage.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the millage generates about $6 million annually for both Lansing police and fire operations.
In addition to that, it also generates $2 million for road and sidewalk repairs.
Mayor Bernero said if the millage renewal fails, police and fire agencies will see major cuts, so city officials are working to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“The public safety millage renewal is absolutely vital to preventing devastating cuts to police and fire. That’s the reality,” Mayor Bernero said. “Police and fire is the bulk what we spend our money on; its 56 percent of our budget. The millage saved us from devastating cuts and the millage renewal is absolutely vital.”
Of course, the voters will have the final say next month on the November ballot.