Finance and Taxes

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.

East Lansing Land Sale on November’s Ballot?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The City of East Lansing recently bought a 26-acre parcel. Now voters are likely to 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.

‘Hub’ Taking Shape and Its Space is Filling Up Quickly

Friday, June 7, 2019

Looming large at the corner of Bogue Street and Grand River Avenue, "The Hub on Campus" is attracting plenty of attention from potential occupants. ELi's Brad Minor reports that developers expect all apartments to be rented by the beginning of the fall semester.

Anticipation Builds for Whitehills, Pinecrest School Building Reconstruction

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Groundbreaking ceremonies at Whitehills and Pinecrest elementary schools generated plenty of afternoon excitement in anticipation of new building construction at both sites. ELi's Mark Meyer was on hand for both celebrations, amid flying sand and waving yellow plastic hard hats.

That eBay Land Sale? The Plan Now Brings Surprises

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Remember that million-dollar property the City of East Lansing put up for bid on eBay, notifying only “approximately twelve interested parties”? The auction winners now indicate they want to build more than a marijuana provisioning center. ELi's Dan Totzkay and Alice Dreger report on the latest developments.

Big Issues on Council’s Agenda This Week

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tuesday, East Lansing’s City Council will be talking about a citizen review board for complaints against police and fire officers, and discussing what to do with land sales. Representatives from Royal Vlahakis are also scheduled to appear. What’s up?

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