MSU's Trustees have rejected a deal wherein City Council would pull the income tax proposal if MSU provided $20 million over eight years. Now, Council says, if voters don't approve an income tax, emergency services may be slashed.
MSU leaders and East Lansing's Mayor continue to argue over the wisdom and fairness of the possible institution of a City income tax and simultaneous property tax reduction. ELi's Jessy Gregg and Alice Dreger report.
Even as an MSU spokesperson says the benefits MSU already bestows on East Lansing are enormous, MSU and the City are apparently still negotiating over ways MSU might pay East Lansing enough to get City Council to withdraw a proposal for a city income tax.
Communications provided to ELi reveal that MSU’s President Simon has been trying to talk East Lansing's Council out of a proposed City-wide income tax, offering millions of dollars to stop the income tax. So far, East Lansing’s Mayor Meadows has told Simon "no deal."
With less than two weeks to the filing deadline, only one candidate has completed the paperwork necessary to run for East Lansing City Council in the November 2017 election. Update: as of Friday, July 14 the City Clerk's office says that Aaron Stephens has sufficient number of signatures for his name to appear on the ballot for the November 7, 2017 Election.
Near midnight on Tuesday, City Council formally voted to put a City income tax on the November ballot, along with a property tax reduction that would take effect only if the income tax passes. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.