Finance and Taxes

ELi’s Voter Guide to the Income Tax

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Registered East Lansing voters have the opportunity to vote on the East Lansing income tax proposal on August 7, 2018. This ELi guide provides information about the ballot proposal, including its background.

It’s Official: The Landmark Is Student Housing

Friday, July 27, 2018

What had been sold as a way to bring diverse renters downtown is now being openly advertised as a "purpose-built student housing community" featuring "a ridiculous rooftop deck.” ELi's Alice Dreger and Andrew Graham report.

Six Residents Tell You How They're Voting on the Income Tax, and Why

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Earlier in July, ELi called for essays on the income tax ballot proposal from people who lived, worked and/or attended school in East Lansing. Here are six of them, three "yes" and three "no," from a variety of perspectives including retirees, an MSU student and a member of City Council.

Area Trail Repairs Ongoing

Thursday, July 19, 2018

What's happening with improvements to trails in East Lansing and nearby? ELi's Jessy Gregg attended the latest meeting of the Friends of the Lansing Regional Trails and brings back this report.

Who Is Campaigning on East Lansing’s Income Tax Vote?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

So far, there's been a lot more visible activity on the "vote yes" side of the income tax proposal than the "vote no" side. ELi's Chris Root reports what we've seen in advance of the August 7 election.

Whistleblower: “Everyone Else Pays for Their Own Sidewalk”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If East Lansing's City Attorney doesn't have to pay for his sidewalk, why should the City make you pay for yours? A whistleblower is now pushing that question in federal court. ELi investigates the latest claims and counter-claims in the case.

August Ballot Has Another Proposal for Ingham County Voters: New Jail

Monday, July 16, 2018

East Lansing residents who live in Ingham County will see two proposals on their August 7 ballot: one on a 20-year millage to build a new Ingham County jail and court complex, along with another on the East Lansing City income tax. ELi's Chris Root reports.

ELi Essay Contest on Income Tax: Deadline Approaching

Sunday, July 15, 2018

ELi's Community Advisory Board is asking readers to consider submitting essays on why they are for or against the income tax proposal set for the August 7 ballot. The deadline to submit is today, Sunday, July 15, at midnight.

Income Tax Exemption Was Wrong and Has To Be Fixed

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

East Lansing’s City Council had the income tax exemption wrong when voters went to the ballot last November. Now Council has to fix the issue before the August 7 vote. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Facing Project Delays, Center City Contractor Will Use More Land

Monday, June 18, 2018

Christman Company, the lead contractor for the Center City District project, says there have been "some pretty significant delays." The company considers it a "huge win" to be able to rent public land across Abbot Road for $1,500 per month to relieve construction traffic congestion.

Ask ELi: What Is a “Road Diet” and Does It Make EL Safer?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

East Lansing's City Council recently approved another section of Harrison Road for a "road diet." Transportation Commission member Thomas Baumann explains for ELi readers what this means for drivers, bikers, and walkers.

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