Community Engagement Meetings on Budget Priorities

In the face of significant financial challenges, East Lansing City Council hosted three successful Community Engagement Meetings in early 2018. The meetings provided participants with an opportunity to share feedback with City Councilmembers as they look to prioritize City services with a goal of financial sustainability. More than 250 community members participated in the meetings, which were facilitated by Public Sector Consultants.

The first two meetings included a presentation by East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas on the City's financial situation and round-table exercises that allowed participants to think about and discuss potential reductions and revenue for the City (see worksheet below). Participants also filled out a Budget Priorities Survey at the end of the meetings. The third meeting served as a follow-up meeting, where results of the Budget Priorities Survey were shared and additional feedback was garnered via a New Revenue Options survey exercise. East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas also provided a presentation on new revenue options and recommended service cuts in the event of no new revenue. The recommended cuts were requested by the East Lansing City Council and will be considered by Council during regular budget deliberations, which begin this April.

Community Survey Results


Results from the Budget Priorities Survey and New Revenue Options survey were compiled by Public Sector Consultants and shared with the East Lansing City Council in a final report. In addition to community members participating in the surveys at the meetings, both surveys were made available online for community members who were unable to attend the meetings.

View the final reports:

Phone Survey Results


In addition to the surveys community members participated in as part of the Community Engagement Meetings, 300 registered East Lansing voters were contacted at random by phone to participate in a 15-minute survey conducted by EPIC • MRA in April 2018.

The survey was commissioned by the City in an effort to gather additional research and community feedback on City services and potential future ballot proposals that would produce new revenue if passed by voters.