Finance and Taxes

Proposed 2017 City Budget Includes Cuts and Fee Hikes

Friday, April 15, 2016

On Tuesday evening, at the East Lansing City Council’s first special meeting to consider the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, City Manager George Lahanas told the Council that the City staff spent the last four weeks developing the proposed budget for the year running from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. It is now up to the Council to spend the next four to five weeks in deliberations on the matter. The Council currently plans to adopt the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget on May 24, 2016.

Council to Consider Large New Apartment Complex

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Above: Artist’s rendering of the proposed project as seen looking east from Spartan Avenue

If two votes go as expected, tonight East Lansing’s City Council will set a pair of public hearings for April 12 to consider a site plan and tax increment financing (TIF) plan for a major new apartment complex near Hagadorn Road. If built as planned, the project, a six-story mixed-used development to be named White Oak Place, will sit on the corner of East Grand River and Spartan Avenues, just west of Brookfield Plaza.

Bicyclists Concerned about Rapid Transit Plan

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bicycle advocates in East Lansing are concerned that CATA’s plan for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) does not include more and better provisions for bicycle use in the downtown East Lansing/Grand River Avenue corridor. But City Planning staff told Council last week that CATA it is doing what it can while being hampered by space and funding limitations.

City Gets Grant to Demolish Vacant Downtown Building

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority has granted the City of East Lansing its request for $99,000 to demolish the vacant, blighted “little bank building” at the corner of Abbot Road and Albert Street, shown above.

Council to Decide on Next City Attorney

Monday, March 14, 2016

Image: The offices of the current City Attorney

Tomorrow at 4 p.m. marks the deadline for law firms to submit their proposals to become East Lansing’s latest legal representative. As ELi reported earlier, on February 2, absent public discussion of the matter, East Lansing’s City Council passed a resolution instructing the City Manager to issue a request for proposals.

Rapid Transit Would Bring Changes to Downtown East Lansing

Friday, March 11, 2016

Above: artist's rendition of a future BRT station

In East Lansing, CATA’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would reduce the number of stops along Grand River Avenue, provide raised platforms for faster and easier boarding, reduce the greenway median by one-quarter in acreage, and reduce the number of westbound car lanes downtown by one, according to the current plan. An update on the plan was presented to East Lansing’s City Council this week by City Planning staff Lori Mullins and CATA’s Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander.

Financial Health Team Begins Its Work

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Less than two weeks after the City Council created a Financial Health Team (FHT) and appointed its members, the 11-member group held its inaugural meeting yesterday, Monday, February 29. Ten members were present, with only vice-chair Jill Rhode being unable to attend. The team received presentations about the financial challenges faced by the City and made some decisions about how they will conduct their business.

Council Restricts Drones, Appoints Financial Health Team, Revisits Permit Parking

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Logistical update: All Council members were present at tonight’s meeting, including Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and members Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. Before the meeting’s official start, Meadows noted that Tuesday’s meeting was being recorded and broadcast via fixed-position cameras in accordance with Council’s new schedule and frequency of video recording meetings, as previously reported by ELi’s Coleen Moyerbrailean.

Ask ELi: Are East Lansing Recycling Rates Up?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Since the new single-bin program started, recycling is up, but trash is not down by nearly as much. We asked DPW's Cathy DeShambo to explain this and more about the new program.

Council Capsule: January 19, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

All members present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. (Woods left after the consent agenda.)

City Council Discusses Financial Health Team and Sets Hearing on Density Downtown

Saturday, January 9, 2016

At a four-hour special meeting of the East Lansing City Council this Saturday morning, January 9, the Council began a discussion with City staff of strategic priorities for the City. We will have a separate report on this discussion when the slide presentations by staff are posted on the City’s Granicus system.

Council Capsule: December 15, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Image: City Finance Director introduced external auditors Joe Heffernan and Dan Block of Plante Moran last night.

All present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods.

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