East Lansing’s City Council looks likely to follow City staff’s recommendation to cut funding to local social service organizations in order to put funds towards infrastructure repairs and City debt associated with prior development. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
A new poll of East Lansing voters suggests citizens are generally satisfied with the services the City provides but unhappy with financial management. The poll also shows which way voters are leaning on an income tax versus property tax increase. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
City Council has approved an application to waive the “underfunded status” of the City's pension system. Will the State Treasurer grant the waiver, or become more involved in overseeing East Lansing's pension systems? ELi's Chris Root reports.
As it faces a financial crisis, East Lansing's government is paying consultants almost $20,000 to gather citizens’ ideas about where the City might cut its budget and obtain new revenues. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
The City needs to bring East Lansing up to speed on information technology (IT) staffing levels, to adopt an Open Data policy, and to stop accumulating “technological debt" according to a citizens' panel. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.
HUD has determined that East Lansing must repay HUD $134,330 in grant funds because the project funded included a conflict of interest involving City Attorney Tom Yeadon. The total bill to East Lansing taxpayers could reach $200,000. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Given East Lansing's pension obligations, even if City Council authorizes major cuts in personnel and services, the City's fund balance will soon sink to levels “at which the State would be concerned.” ELi's Alice Dreger and Chris Root report.