Finance and Taxes

Council Indicates Continued Support for Pension Credit Purchases

Friday, March 16, 2018

Responding to a report published by ELi, on Tuesday City Council discussed continuing to allow City employees to invest their own money in the East Lansing pension system through Council-approved purchases of “pension service credits.”

City's Pension Problem Triggers Preliminary Review by State

Monday, March 5, 2018

East Lansing has been notified by the Michigan Treasury Department that the City’s public employee pension plan "has triggered a preliminary review of underfunded status" by the State. ELi's Chris Root reports.

East Lansing’s Council Discusses New Tax Options

Monday, March 5, 2018

City Council has begun digging into various tax options as it tries to manage East Lansing's financial problems. Citizens have been weighing in with their thoughts, too. ELi's Chris Root reports.

City Has Spent $200K Fighting Workers’ Contamination Lawsuit

Thursday, March 1, 2018

ELi finds that East Lansing has now spent $200,000 fighting a lawsuit brought by City workers alleging that they “were intentionally and unnecessarily exposed to mercury and asbestos” at the wastewater treatment plant. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Five New Tax Proposals Come to Public Hearing Tuesday

Monday, February 26, 2018

East Lansing's City Council will hold a public hearing on five draft tax proposals this Tuesday night. ELi's Chris Root explains why Council is considering these proposals, what the process will be, and how you can participate.

City Staff Detail Uses and Costs of Hannah Center

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Hannah Community Center is on the list of possible budget cuts for Council's consideration. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports on the history of the center, what it provides and costs, and what closing it would mean.

Recent Council Votes Add Uncertainty to City’s Legacy Debt

Monday, February 12, 2018

A special investigation by ELi suggests that, at best, recent City Council approvals of special pension credit purchases will add uncertainty to the City’s legacy debt. At worst, they may add to the City’s financial load. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Council’s Budget Retreat Postponed Pending Analysis of Public Input

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The City has cancelled this Saturday's annual City Council Budget Retreat, putting it off until external consultants can report the public's response to ideas for the budget. ELi's Alice Dreger reports on the delay and on the cost of the public input sessions.

Five New Tax Proposals Now Under Consideration

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

East Lansing's City Council decided last night to put five tax proposals to the public to see what they think, as Council continues to also seek citizen input on where to cut the budget. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

City Refuses to Release Government Communications Related to Fraud Lawsuit

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In the aftermath of settlement of a False Claims Act suit, the City of East Lansing is refusing to release official government communications requested under the Freedom of Information Act. We spoke to the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press about this.

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