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Ypsilanti Budget Focuses On Public Safety, Economic Development

May 22, 2014

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange wants to bolster the city's police and fire ranks, and dedicate more of his time to economic development.

Credit Bob Eccles

Those needs are reflected in the two-year city budget Lange has presented to City Council which, having concluded a pair of budget sessions, will now fine-tune the spending plan. 

Lange wants to give his assistant some of his duties - along with a $10,000 pay raise - and spend $55,000 to hire another city planner so that he and planner Teresa Gillotti can focus on economic development. 

Lange says the city needs $4 million worth of development on Water Street by the end of 2016 to help pay down debt on the property.