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Budgets Pass City Councils In East Lansing, Jackson

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The city councils in East Lansing and Jackson have approved budgets for the coming fiscal year.

East Lansing’s nearly $40 million general fund budget was approved unanimously during Tuesday’s council meeting.

One major action taken by the council is a reduction of about 10 percent to East Lansing Police Department spending on uniformed officers. Instead, the city is adding six unarmed neighborhood resource specialists to address civil disputes.

In addition, the city is making a supplemental appropriation of $5 million to address unfunded pension requirements.

The city council in Jackson has also unanimously approved a general fund budget of almost $28 million. The new spending plan maintains staffing levels and makes no major program reductions.

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