Finance and Taxes

Clock Starts Ticking for Considering Controversial Court Consolidation

Monday, December 31, 2018

Outgoing Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill that starts the clock ticking on negotiations over a locally-controversial court consolidation. Separated jury pools? Cost savings, really? Courts moved?  We have a special report from ELi's Chris Root.

Blighted Corner Redevelopment Begins With More Closures

Friday, December 28, 2018

Redevelopment on the long-blighted corner where Abbot Road meets Grand River Avenue is beginning this week. The Park District construction means more road and sidewalk closures ahead. What can you expect short- and long-term?

Fire Chief Introduces New Hires, Two Made Possible by Income Tax

Thursday, December 27, 2018

East Lansing's Fire Chief Randy Talifarro introduced three new Firefighter Paramedics and one highly-trained Lieutenant to the City Council and briefly spoke about finances and diversity in terms of the new hires. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Group Will Consider How to Change Hannah Community Center

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A special committee will consider how to better utilize and market the Hannah Community Center, a facility currently costing over a million dollars a year to operate. Noa Kuszai and Alice Dreger report.

Safety Concerns Raised at Bailey Center Senior Housing

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

When the decision was made to repurpose the Bailey Community Center to provide senior housing, many community members breathed a sigh of relief. The project hasn't quite worked out as all had hoped. ELi's Alice Dreger brings a special report.

Beier Explains Why She Hasn’t Said Much Lately

Thursday, December 13, 2018

East Lansing City Council Member Ruth Beier took a few minutes at a recent meeting to explain why she hasn't been speaking much at Council. We bring you the video with a summary from Jessy Gregg.

Michigan House Passes Bill to Allow Local Court Consolidation

Sunday, December 9, 2018

As the lame duck state legislature moves on court consolidation for Ingham County, including East Lansing's 54B District Court, controversy persists. What's happening, and what are the goals and the points of disagreement? ELi's Chris Root reports.

Something for Nothing in Park Place Deal?

Friday, December 7, 2018

Could developers tie up the debt-ridden, publicly-owned Evergreen Avenue properties for eight more months with an exclusive purchase agreement, and wind up paying nothing for the privilege? Looks like it.

Why Is My Winter Property Tax Bill So High?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

We've heard that property taxes are going down in conjunction with the new income tax. So why is your winter property tax bill higher than last year's? 

What If the Center City Developers Don’t Build the Senior Housing?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The $132 million public-private deal known as the Center City District project is designed to have 92 rental apartments for people aged 55 and up. That's not because of high market demand. So what happens if the developers don't build that housing? ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Infamous Trail Entrance Near Abbot Road Now Fixed

Friday, November 30, 2018

Workers were able to complete all of the planned asphalt improvements to East Lansing’s Northern Tier Trail system before the winter weather hit, including fixing a dramatic drop-off where the trail meets Abbot Road. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

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