FY2017 Budget

The Fiscal Year 2017 Budget & Tax Rate was adopted by the East Lansing City Council on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. View the FY2017 Budget & Program of Services. View the FY2017 Budget, Tax Rate & Fee Schedule Resolution.

As in past years, City of East Lansing officials are continuing to face significant, long-term budget challenges. These challenges include decreased revenue sharing from the state over the past 15 years, the ongoing impact of the collapse of the housing market in 2007, underfunded legacy costs (retiree, pension and healthcare) and the need to renew aging infrastructure in the community.

City officials have made sustained efforts to address these challenges over the past several years by restructuring employee benefits, making additional payments to legacy costs, significantly reducing the overall size of government and making other strategic cost-cutting decisions across all City departments. Despite these efforts, the challenges have persisted.

Earlier in 2016, the East Lansing City Council appointed a Financial Health Review Team to look at the overall financial stability of the City and consider new revenue options. The team is also looking at methods to address the City’s infrastructure and legacy costs.

FY2017 Budget, Tax Rate & Fee Schedule


Following a series of budget work sessions and a public hearing, the East Lansing City Council adopted the budget and tax rate on May 24, 2016. View the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget & Program of Services. View the FY2017 Budget, Tax Rate & Fee Schedule Resolution.

Budget Preparation Meeting Schedule

Date Summary
Saturday, Feb. 13
Present 5-Year Financial Plan at City Council Budget Retreat, 8:30 a.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road
Tuesday, April 12
Budget Work Session, 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room A of East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road
- General Overview
- Questions & Answers
Tuesday, April 12
Council Meeting, 7 p.m. in Courtroom 2 of the East Lansing 54B District Court, 101 Linden St.
- Council to set the Public Hearing on the FY2017 Budget & Tax Rate for Wednesday, May 10, 2016
Tuesday, April 26
Budget Work Session, 5 p.m. in Conference Room A of East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road
- Human Services
- Capital Improvements Fund
- Parking Fund
Tuesday, May 10
Budget Work Session, 5 p.m. in Conference Room A of East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road
- Utility Funds
- Street Funds
- Solid Waste Fund
Tuesday, May 10
Council Meeting, 7 p.m. in Courtroom 2 of the East Lansing 54B District Court, 101 Linden St.
- Council to hold Public Hearing on the FY2017 Budget & Tax Rate
Tuesday, May 17
Budget Work Session, 5 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road
- Parks & Recreation Fund
- Capital Improvements Fund - Parks
Tuesday, May 24
Council Meeting, 7 p.m. in Courtroom 2 of the East Lansing 54B District Court, 101 Linden Street
- Council scheduled to adopt the FY2017 Budget & Tax Rate