City Council

Ask ELi: Is the BWL Franchise Fee a Tax?

Monday, March 27, 2017

A reader asks if the new BWL franchise fee, which will raise East Lansing residents' BWL electric bills by five percent, amounts to taxation without representation. Here's the answer.

EL City Council Willing to Revisit 50/50 Ordinance

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For 33 years, an East Lansing City ordinance has required that any establishment serving alcohol must take in at least 50% of its revenue from food sales. At last night's discussion-only meeting, City Council agreed to revisit the rule. Jessy Gregg reports.

City Could Get $1M Annually from BWL Customers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

City Council may be adding a five percent surcharge on the electric bills of BWL customers in East Lansing, allowing the City to obtain over a million dollars in additional revenue per year.

Two Big Redevelopment Proposals, Treated Differently

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A new $132 million Center City District redevelopment proposal is in the approval-process queue for East Lansing, putting it ahead of the Park District redevelopment proposal. For which has the mayor shown a preference? And could it mean the blight will be prolonged?

Reno’s East to Enclose Patio

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reno's East will be enclosing its patio and increasing the maximum allowed occupancy by twenty persons.

Ask ELi: The Evergreen Problem in the Park District

Monday, February 6, 2017

What problems do the "the Evergreen Avenue properties" present to redevelopment in the Park District, and why do the City's taxpayers owe over twice what they're worth on them?

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