Mayor breaks down new income tax proposal

Posted: 4:00 PM, Jun 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-12 20:00:01Z

The Mayor of East Lansing presented information on Tuesday on the city's new income tax ballot proposal.

He held a community meeting at the Recital Room in the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

He presented the information and handled a Q & A from those in attendance.

The new tax proposal will be on the August 7 Primary Election ballot.

And although it is similar to the previous proposal voted on in November 2017, this proposal includes three key differences according to the Mayor:
§ The current proposal is a City Charter amendment instead of a policy resolution, meaning it cannot be changed by the current or future Council without another Charter amendment, which would require a vote of the people. 
§ By City Charter, the tax would be time-limited to 12 years.
§ By City Charter, funding generated by the tax would be dedicated for specific purposes: 20% to police and fire protection, 20% to infrastructure (maintenance and improvement of streets and sidewalks; water and sewer systems; and parks, recreation and City-owned facilities) and 60% to supplemental payments for unfunded pension liabilities for retired City employees.

Community members can visit to find additional information about the proposal, including ballot language, an income tax calculator and more.

The next meeting on this subject is planned for June 20 at 6 p.m. at the East Lansing Public Library.