Finance and Taxes

Income Tax Looks Likely for August Ballot

Thursday, May 10, 2018

City Council will likely vote on Monday whether to put an income tax on the August 7 ballot. ELi's Jessy Gregg tells you what Council had to say about the issue at last night's meeting.

Public Hearings on New EL Tax Proposals Set for May 9

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Next Wednesday, May 9, City Council will hold public hearings on what (if any) tax proposal to put on the August ballot for East Lansing. ELi's Chris Root explains the draft proposals and tells you how you can weigh in.

Police, Fire, Ambulance Services Facing More Cuts

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Staffing cuts have left the City’s emergency response levels well below national standards. As more cuts are coming, East Lansing's Fire and Police Chiefs are working to figure out the least worst choices. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Ask Eli: Reducing East Lansing's Pension Costs

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What has the City of East Lansing done and what it can do in the future to reduce pension obligations and liabilities related to retirement benefits for City employees? ELi's Chris Root has spent weeks digging in to bring you the answer.

Center City Construction Continues, Changing Downtown

Monday, April 30, 2018

ELi's Alice Dreger provides an update on Center City District construction, including where the Art Festival is moving, how Albert Avenue will be reconstructed, what to expect from the new Target store, and why Council authorized funds for a new water main pipe.

ELi Surveys Readers About City's Management

Friday, April 27, 2018

ELi wants to know more about what East Lansing citizens mean when they say the city is on the right track or wrong track, including in terms of financial management. So we've opened a survey.

East Lansing Social Services Funding Likely to Be Cut

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

East Lansing’s City Council looks likely to follow City staff’s recommendation to cut funding to local social service organizations in order to put funds towards infrastructure repairs and City debt associated with prior development. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

East Lansing Applies for State Waiver of Underfunded Pension Status

Monday, April 16, 2018

City Council has approved an application to waive the “underfunded status” of the City's pension system. Will the State Treasurer grant the waiver, or become more involved in overseeing East Lansing's pension systems? ELi's Chris Root reports.

News Analysis: The Pickle in the Park District

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Even if East Lansing officials approve the new site plan coming for the Park District, the project could still hit the same vein of fatal problems it did last time around. ELi's Alice Dreger explains.

City Falling Behind on Tech Needs According to Innovation Panel

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The City needs to bring East Lansing up to speed on information technology (IT) staffing levels, to adopt an Open Data policy, and to stop accumulating “technological debt" according to a citizens' panel. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Funding Sought for Bailey Park Fixes

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Bailey Community Association has been working with City staff to design a new plan for Bailey Park. Now they are working on getting funding in place. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

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