Finance and Taxes

Council Capsule: December 8, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Image: City Council last night during discussion of the auditors’ report

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

City Garage Under Marriott May Be Closed, Sold

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

East Lansing’s City Council heard from City staff last night about various options for dealing with the City-owned parking garage and land under the Marriott Hotel downtown. Investors have expressed some interest in purchasing the garage and/or the land under the whole “University Place” complex, a parking garage and land which the City currently owns.

Financial Audit Shows "Staggering Numbers"

Sunday, December 6, 2015

At this Tuesday’s work session of Council, the City’s Finance Director Mary Haskell will present the Fiscal Year 2015 audit, and according to a memo from Haskell attached to Tuesday’s agenda, our pension debt combined with new accounting standards are going to “change the [City’s] financial position presented on the Government-Wide, full accrual, statements dramatically.” Says Haskell in h

Council Capsule: December 1, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Each week, ELi brings you a summary of what happened at City Council. Our “Council Capsule” allows you to stay on top of what’s happening in our local government.

All present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, Susan Woods (5 minutes late because she was coming from Austria).

Council Capsule: November 24, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Image of City Council courtesy City of East Lansing.

Each week, ELi brings you a summary of what happened at City Council. Our “Council Capsule” allows you to stay on top of what’s happening in our local government.

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

ASK ELi: Have TIFs Been Rejected?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Above: Photo of Albert Place Condos when they were being built on the site of a planned project whose TIF plan was earlier rejected by the State.

Some residents are wondering if all requests from developers for tax increment financing (TIF) in East Lansing are ultimately approved. There has been at least one plan rejected in the recent past, as explained below.

ASK ELi: How Are TIF Proposals Managed in East Lansing

Friday, October 16, 2015

Photo: Recent groundbreaking ceremony for the project now called “300 Grand,” formerly known as “The Gateway.” In the photo, members of the DDA/BRA, which approved a $1.9 million TIF for this project, include DTN’s Colin Cronin (third from left) and Mayor Nathan Triplett (second from right).

ASK ELi: City's AAA Rating?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Above: East Lansing's Finance Director, Mary Haskell (courtesy City of East Lansing)

An ELi reader wrote to ask:

One city council candidate keeps referring to East Lansing as having achieved a triple A financial rating This has caused us to ponder a number of related questions.

City Hall and Court to Be Locked Down

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Image: Plan for the new security entry system to City Hall and 54-B District Court

East Lansing City staff are recommending to City Council that hundreds of thousands of dollars be spent creating a new security system for our City Hall and court building. Under the proposal, all visitors to City Hall and the court would have to go through a metal detector staffed by an officer, whether visitors are coming to attend public meetings, pay real estate taxes or parking tickets, or serve on a jury.

Council Capsule: September 15, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Above: artist’s rendering of a planned duplex for 6170 Abbot Road.

All present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Amended Bailey Site Plan Gets City-Level Approval

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The goal is to restore the historic exterior of the old Bailey school, replace a newer one-story addition with a three-story addition, and create low-traffic commercial space (possibly including a daycare) and 25 senior independent living rental apartments.

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