Finance

City Withheld Key Data on Center City District Proposal

Monday, May 22, 2017

Results of a new Freedom of Information Act request show that the City of East Lansing withheld key data on the Center City District proposal for over three months. Mayor Mark Meadows tells ELi, "There is no hidden staff agenda or suppression of information involved here.”

Council Split on Views of Center City Proposal

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

City Council held public hearings on the Center City District site plan and tax plan last night, although no current plans were available. Council voted to do it all again in June. Here's what we've learned.

Real Estate Deal Unexpectedly Costs Taxpayers $5 Million

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Avondale Square project happened because City leaders were convinced they should spend taxpayer money on "needed" housing types. The project wasn't supposed to end up costing taxpayers over $5 million.

Council Likely to Decide on Center City Project This Tuesday, May 9

Saturday, May 6, 2017

City Council is set to take up the controversial Center City District site plan and $55 million TIF plan this Tuesday. The project calls for private development on public land. The developers have announced they will reveal the latest version of the proposal the day before.

City Attorney Says Citizens Won't Be Asked to Vote on Center City Deal

Thursday, May 4, 2017

With City Council set to make possible decisions on the Center City redevelopment proposal next Tuesday, the City Attorney tells ELi the deal doesn't have to be run past East Lansing voters for approval. ELi examines what we know about the deal and the City Charter, and finds the situation complicated.

Voter Guide for May 2 School Bond Vote

Monday, May 1, 2017

What's the special election on May 2 about? Are you eligible to vote? When will the polls be open? ELi brings you a complete voter guide.

East Lansing’s Property Taxes Among Highest in State

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Based on statewide data, East Lansing ranks relatively high both in terms of millage rate and total taxes paid by the average household. Learn more from ELi's newest reporter, Justin Padgett.

Center City District Public Hearing Postponed; Target Store Announced

Friday, April 14, 2017

City Council has postponed its hearing on the Center City District proposal. Target has announced it wants to be the major retailer in the new space. Development professionals are alternately praising and criticizing the way the proposal is playing out. What's the story?

How Much Would the New School Bond Really Cost Taxpayers?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What would passage of the East Lansing Public School bond on May 2 really mean for property owners in the school district in terms of increased taxes? We've crunched the numbers and we bring you the answer.

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