Finance

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.

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.

School Board Votes $94 Million Bond Proposal Forward

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Will the voters of East Lansing go for a $94 million bond proposal to build five new elementary schools and refurbish a sixth? Those who spoke to the School Board last night hope so.

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?

Developer and City Far Apart on Park District, But Negotiating

Friday, January 20, 2017

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.

City’s Debt Load Nears $200 Million

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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.

City Finance Director Retires, Widely Praised

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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.

Team Looking at City Income Tax Wonders What Public Thinks

Friday, November 11, 2016

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.

Costco Asks for $1.8 Million Tax Giveback

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Costco has officially requested a property tax break worth up to $1.8 million related to the store it is looking to build in East Lansing—a request two City Council members suggest is absurd.

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