Finance and Taxes

Revealed: Who the City Notified about the eBay Land Sale

Friday, March 15, 2019

The City has released one list showing who staff notified about an eBay auction of a major public asset. Former Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero didn't make the list, but showed up on the scene a day before the auction closed. What else have we now learned about this controversial million-dollar deal?

Council Debates Options for Video Recordings of Meetings

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Should East Lansing continue paying about $150,000 per year for a local company to record audio and video of City Council and Planning Commission meetings? The City Manager believes the service is critical to government transparency. ELi's Brad Minor reports.

Project with No-Bid, Exclusive Contract on Public Land Is Still Missing Parts

Monday, March 11, 2019

In the hopes of solving a major public debt, East Lansing's Downtown Development Authority gave a no-bid exclusive deal to developers Royal Vlahakis. But investigation by ELi shows the developers still haven't submitted key components of the $190 million proposal. Meanwhile, the required public debt payments are about to ramp up.

Scooter Regulations and Fees Adopted in East Lansing

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Electric scooters will now be limited to 10 m.p.h. on sidewalks under a new law in East Lansing, although the police chief warns that rule is effectively unenforceable. What else did City Council decide about scooter regulation? ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

River Trail to Be Extended East

Monday, March 4, 2019

All the parts are finally starting to fall into place for a much-anticipated trail in Meridian Township that will connect the Lansing River Trail and MSU campus to Meridian’s existing Interurban Trail. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

City’s Financial Forecast Contains Uncertainty and Some Good News

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

We don't yet know how much the City will net from the new income tax when matched with the property tax reduction. But the City's Finance Director calls the new financial forecast the "prettiest" she's seen. What's ahead? ELi's Chris Root reports.

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