Lansing residents contribute to budget priorities

LANSING, Michigan – Lansing Mayor Andy Schor held a public forum Wednesday evening giving residents the opportunity to comment on the city’s budget priorities for the coming fiscal year.

The city is hosting a series of four household forums for residents to better understand the city’s budgeting process. At the Foster Community Center, interim finance director Jake Brower, budget analyst Emily Linden and Mayor Andy Schor spoke about the city’s budget and gave residents the opportunity to share their ideas.

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Lansing Budget Forum, Foster Community Center

“The budget will reflect the priorities of the community. So I wanted to hear what these priorities are before I send the Council a budget for the things I thought were important, ”said Schor.

Resources for neighborhoods, the repair of streets and sidewalks and public safety have been important to him in the budget planning in recent years, he said.

Local residents’ suggestions included climate protection, better bus routes, road improvements, recreation, schools and libraries.

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Lansing Budget Forum, Foster Community Center

Virginia Chambers said affordable housing is very important and was excited to learn more about the city’s budget.

“It’s really important to make sure that Lansing residents who pay taxes can make their voices heard and count their opinions,” said Chambers, a Lansing resident.

The Household Forums on January 19, 29 and February 19 are another opportunity for residents to participate in Lansing’s budget discussions for the fiscal year July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

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