The Center City District proposal has obtained first-level approval for a $55 million tax incentive from East Lansing, by far the biggest Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposal we’ve seen. Now the decision moves to City Council.
Having obtained two key documents in the deal-making, ELi finds the City of East Lansing and the Park District developer appear far apart on a number of key issues in the proposal negotiations. But the parties are talking.
As the City of East Lansing’s specially-convened Financial Health Team prepares to present its recommendations to City Council, the City’s total debt load is now approaching $200 million. Why? ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
As the City's Finance Director retires, she's planning to become more politically active. The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem tell ELi why Mary Haskell has been so valuable to East Lansing, and why she will be missed.
Members of the City's Financial Health Team are seeking public input as they consider possible solutions, including a City income tax. They'll hold "citizen engagement" meetings starting Monday, and hope to hear many voices from the community.