Finance and Taxes

Ask ELi: The Cost of Providing Outdoor Dining in East Lansing?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Responding to a reader's question, an investigation by ELi's Amalia Medina and Alice Dreger looks at what it takes for East Lansing restaurants to offer outdoor seating downtown. Spoiler alert: they would pay a lot less in Ann Arbor.

City Manager Says Income Tax Revenue Is “On Track.” But Is It?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The new East Lansing income tax is now projected to bring in about $1.4 million less than had been estimated pre-vote. So why did City Manager George Lahanas just declare the "great news" that "we are on track"? ELi's Alice Dreger explains the rhetoric and the reality.

What’s Happening with That Thing in East Lansing?

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Who is running for City Council? Is P.T. O'Malley's moving into the Menna's Joint space? What happened to the driveway drama? What's the latest with the eBay land sale? Answers to these ELI reader questions and others!

Potential Benefits (and Costs) Seen with New Free Parking Program

Monday, July 1, 2019

Right now and through the whole month of July, you can park for free for the first half-hour at gated garages and the Bailey lot in downtown East Lansing. ELi's Brad Minor explains the special program and brings feedback from downtown businesses and City leaders.

East Lansing Land Sale Set for November’s Ballot

Friday, June 21, 2019

The City of East Lansing recently bought a 26-acre parcel. Now voters will be asked on the November ballot to agree to let Council sell all or part, as Council sees fit. ELi's Brad Minor and Alice Dreger report.

Your ELi: Power and Transparency in East Lansing’s Government

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Transparency is nonpartisan: people of all political affiliations – unless they have a personal interest that disincentivizes them – want transparency from their governments. ELi Publisher Alice Dreger wonders if ELi should shift its reporting focus and just trust that City leaders are making good decisions?

Rules for East Lansing Income Tax Being Established

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

East Lansing's Income Tax Administrator DaMar Boyd is working to set up rules and regulations for the City's newest tax. Taxpayers will be able to donate refunds to one of three special City funds and have appeals heard by a review board. ELi's Andrew Graham reports.

Council Considers What to Do with Extra Funds

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The City of East Lansing may see some one-time, relatively large chunks of income this coming year, so City Council is talking about how to spend that revenue if it materializes. ELi's Dan Totzkay reports.

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