Lansing Mayor Andy Schor submits budget recommendations

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has submitted his fifth annual budget recommendation to Lansing City Council.

These recommendations will cover the 2023 financial year, from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

The proposed spending plan for the city totals $241.6 million, an increase of 1.2% over the 2022 budget.

The General Fund budget for fiscal year 2023 is $154.8 million, an increase of 2.3%.

“The City of Lansing continues to invest in our community with an eye toward the future. We are still dealing with the challenges that the COVID pandemic has brought and this budget reflects the priorities that residents expressed during the participatory budget events,” Mayor Schor said in a press release. “My budget proposal calls for an additional LPD social worker, a focus on economic development work, additional street and sidewalk repairs, a financial empowerment grant administrator, human resources associates to improve the process of City hiring and funding for many other important priorities for residents of the City of Lansing.

Several highlights of the proposed budget include (from the Mayor’s office):

  • The previously announced plan to bring economic development in-house by moving Lansing’s economic development team to the city and partnering with LEAP for regional work
  • New Financial Empowerment Office Grants Administrator, partially funded by Grants Administration Fees
  • New Code Compliance Manager
  • New accountant to focus on accounts receivable, bank reconciliations and collection of amounts owed to the City
  • New mechanical inspector, funded by fees
  • New Assistant Manager, Hiring and Recruitment Specialist and Human Resources Health and Wellness Specialist
  • Part-time legal assistant at the City Attorney’s Office
  • Deputy Chief of Police for effective organizational support within the LPD
  • Creation of crisis assistance teams within the LPD using recently announced federal funding
  • A new public information coordinator within LPD
  • Implementation of the Michigan Avenue plan with funding from the federal government, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, corridor assistance and frontage grants, and matching grants from the Community Foundation
  • Parks and Recreation CIP funding for camps, tree planting and replanting, playground improvements, cemetery repairs, Washington Park Pavilion, Foster Park improvements and other programs
  • Road and street repairs should be done with dedicated road money, including:
    • $2.750 million for major works on streets and bridges
    • $1.845 million for local street repairs
    • $200,000 to repair neighborhood sidewalks
  • Updates to fire department equipment by reviewing all pots, including ARPA, opioid settlement dollars, grants, and other areas to find funds to replace aging equipment

In addition to the budget, Mayor Schor announced an amendment to the current 2022 budget. Federal government COVID-19 funds will be used to:

  • $2 million in hero pay for first responders and eligible workers, using ARPA’s first round of federal dollars, subject to the finalization of the list of eligible workers with the respective unions
  • A new third police social worker, funded with surplus funds from the current budget, supported by federal funds from ARPA and opioid settlement funds

“I am so proud to have continued to work with our state legislators and Governor Whitmer to ensure Lansing receives our share of state funding to help offset the losses of a reduced workforce” , Schor said. “Additionally, I am proud to continue to work with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and our U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow to continue to push for critical federal support for our city’s budget. Funding from these sources has allowed us to prioritize neighborhoods, parks, racial justice and equity, support for small businesses, infrastructure and so many other areas that make Lansing a place amazing place to live and retire.

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