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When placing a Simple Recycling bag at the curb, the clearance rule does not apply. The bags can be placed right next to your new recycling cart. Please refrain from placing the bags on top of the recycling cart.
*It should be noted that some condominium and neighborhood associations may have additional regulations.
The City is not able to accommodate the collection of overflow recyclables in the old recycling bins now that the cart system is in place. All recyclable items will need to be placed inside the cart for collection at the curb. In the event of overflow items, the City does offer a year-round drop-off recycling site at 1800 E. State Road.
The carts were initially provided at no cost to residents in fall 2015 and came with a 10-year warranty. After 10 years, if a replacement cart is needed due to wear and tear, it will cost $55 for a 96-gallon cart, $50 for a 64-gallon cart and $45 for a 32-gallon cart. The replacement carts will also come with a 10-year warranty. It's important to note that if a qualifying resident requested a smaller cart in fall 2015 and decide at a later date that the larger cart size is needed, the 96-gallon cart will cost the resident $50.
If you still have questions about the City's curbside recycling program, please contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459.
The taxable value of a property is determined by the Assessor's Office. Under Proposal A, which was approved by voters in 1994, taxable value cannot increase faster than 5% per year or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, until the property transfers ownership. In the year following a transfer of ownership of property, the property's taxable value is half of the property's market value. Physical changes to a property (i.e., new construction) can also result in a property's taxable value increasing faster than the rate of inflation.
The worst case scenario would be that the taxable value was set at 50% of the market value, or $100,000 for a $200,000 home. Using the PRE (i.e., principal residence exemption or homestead) millage rate for the East Lansing school district for 2019, taxes would have been $5,525.42. The calculation formula is: Taxable Value x Millage Rate x 1.01 (1% administration fee) = TAXES or $100,000 x 0.0547071 x 1.01 = $5,525.42.
A Principal Residence Exemption allows for up to 18 mills of local school operating taxes to be exempted from taxation. Using the above example, in 2019 a non-homestead property would have been billed $7,270.71 in taxes without administration fee. The millage rate would have been 72.7071 mills (0.0727071).
Prior to any election in which the voter is eligible to vote, the East Lansing City Clerk’s Office will mail you an application for an absent voter ballot. The applications are available 75 days prior to each election. The application must be filled out and returned to the City Clerk’s Office before an absent voter ballot can be issued. The application cannot be processed without the voter’s signature.
The voter will be sent an application with either one or two upcoming election dates printed at the top of the application. Voters are asked to check the box(es) that apply to each election they would like to receive an absent voter ballot. Voters are also asked to complete the voter information section. If a voter needs their absent voter ballot sent to an address other than their current East Lansing residence, they are asked to make sure to provide that address on the application where requested. After signing and dating the completed application, it should be returned to the East Lansing City Clerk’s Office.
If a voter changes their voter registration to another jurisdiction within Michigan, the new clerk will be able to see their status through the Michigan Qualified Voter File. If that clerk does not maintain an automatic application list, they must notify the voter that this service is not offered in that jurisdiction and the voter will need to request an application prior to every election.
The absent voter ballot will be mailed to the voter within 24 hours, once the absent voter application has been received. This includes receipt of the voter's signature. The ballots are received in the City Clerk’s Office approximately 45 days prior to the election. Voters are then able to vote the ballot at their leisure. When completed, voters may mail or hand deliver the ballot to the East Lansing City Clerk’s Office. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Those who are on the automatic application list are still able to vote in person at the precincts. They can simply disregard the absentee ballot application and go to their precinct to vote on Election Day.
Voters can track the status of their absent voter ballot online by visiting Michigan.gov/vote.
Payments may be rejected by your financial institution due to insufficient funds, closed / unauthorized accounts or for other reasons. If this occurs, the City will apply a $35 fee to your tax bill. In addition, all applicable penalties and interest will be applied if your tax bill is not paid by the due date. In the event of a returned payment, electronic resubmission is not available.
Please notify the City of East Lansing’s Treasury Department of a change in banking information by resubmitting an enrollment form with your updated information, including the date the change is effective. Please allow 14 days for processing. If an automatic payment fails because the City was not informed of a bank account change, a $35 fee will be applied to your tax bill.
There are a number of bike parking option in the downtown.
Eligible citizens may become registered to vote in a variety of ways, at any time through Election Day. Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency. To get started, fill out the Voter Registration Application (PDF).
Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency.
Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day and are not required to provide proof of residency. Other methods of registration include an application obtained at one of the following locations:
Yes. To register by mail, complete the Voter Registration Application (PDF) and mail it to your local clerk.
No. Registration in Michigan is permanent as long as you reside at the same address. However, whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote.
You can check online or call the City Clerk’s office at (517) 319-6914.
Yes. If the residence address you provide on the Voter Registration Application differs from the address on your Michigan driver license or personal identification card, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver license or personal identification card address to match the residence address entered on the Voter Registration Application.
If an address change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver license or personal identification card.
Yes. If you now reside in Michigan, you may register to vote within the jurisdiction where you currently live.
Yes. Every Michigan voter who offers to vote at the polls must show picture identification or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification. A ballot cannot be issued to a voter unless the voter displays picture identification or signs the affidavit.
Please note that the Lansing Board of Water & Light maintains streets lights throughout the City of East Lansing. To report any outages or problems, please call BWL at (877) 295-5001 or visit www.lbwl.com/streetlights.
No, however, the incident must have occurred within the city’s boundaries in order to be brought to the Human Rights Commission.
Contact the Human Rights Commission. The city protects you from discrimination based on both your national origin and your religion.
No, as a land-grant institution, MSU has its own agencies to protect your rights. The Human Rights Commission will refer you to the appropriate service if you need their assistance.
Want to gain experience and/or school credit by serving the cause of civil and human rights in your community? The commission has nine members and all must reside within the city’s boundaries or on MSU’s campus. Commissioners are appointed by City Council for three-year terms.
Applications are available online or at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road.
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Interstate transportation: Surge brakes are allowed on any trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 12,000 lbs. or less, when its GVWR does not exceed 1.75 times the GVWR of the towing vehicle; or any trailer with a GVWR of more than 12,000 lbs. but less than 20,001 lbs. when its GVWR does not exceed 1.25 times the GVWR of the towing vehicle. See section 393.48 of the FMCSR.Intrastate transportation: Surge brakes are allowed on any trailer when the combination has a GVWR of not more than 26,000 lbs. AND the actual Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or GVWR of the trailer is 15,000 lbs. or less. Vehicles of any size that are transporting hazardous materials in an amount that requires placarding or vehicles that are designed to transport more than 8 passengers, including the driver, are prohibited from being equipped with surge brakes in intrastate commerce.
Over almost a decade, the City of East Lansing (City) has been engaging with residents, researching best practices, talking with other communities and partnering with experts in the field concerning deer management and deer populations in the City. In addition to holding Community Deer Management meetings for resident education and input, the City has surveyed residents, partnered with several agencies (MSU, MDNR and USDA Wildlife Services), tracked deer-vehicle accidents in the City, passed a deer feeding ban, tracked estimated population volumes, tracked incidents of disease (including Lyme disease and Chronic Wasting disease) and maintained a Deer Management webpage that provides residents with education, history and an opportunity to provide feedback. With a current average of more than 40 deer-vehicle accidents per year within the City, the deer population in East Lansing continues to grow, increasing deer-human conflicts. After many years of consideration, the East Lansing City Councilmembers serving in early 2020 weighed public input and ultimately acted at their February 11, 2020 City Council meeting to reduce the deer population in the City by professional, lethal removal. A first round of deer removal took place last winter in the City, with a second round of deer removal planned for this winter. For more detailed history, education and resident resources, visit https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/231/Deer-Management.
The City has, once again, entered into a Cooperative Services Agreement with USDA Wildlife Services to conduct this second round of removal. USDA Wildlife Services biologists highly trained in the use of firearms will be removing up to 100 deer this winter from a variety of City parks during intermittent weekday evening/night closures. The firearms being used have noise suppression, but residents near parks may still hear shots.
All venison from this removal is being donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. With an average of 30 pounds of venison recovered per deer removed, this venison donation will be of great use to community members served by the food bank. During these difficult times, the City is pleased to be able to offer this relief to local families. The processing of the venison has been generously donated by nonprofit Michigan Sportsman Against Hunger (MSAH): https://www.sportsmenagainsthunger.org/. Community members can learn more about MSAH here.
The City’s MDNR permit for this activity is valid from January 3, 2022 to March 31, 2022. This will be an operation that takes place on one to two weekday evenings per week, and likely will be completed before the full amount of time allowed by the permit. The one to two nights per week will vary based on weather conditions and other USDA commitments. Parks will be open on the weekends. On the evenings that the operation is taking place, the park closure signs will be pulled indicating that the park is closed beginning at 4 p.m., with all parks closed by 6 p.m. Parks will remain closed until 7 a.m. the following morning to allow for the removal operation. The signs on the closures are large, purposefully.
The parks where deer removal is taking place include Abbot Road Park, the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center/Softball Complex, Harrison Meadows Park, White Park, Burcham Park and Patriarche Park. Previously identified and permitted private property will also potentially be used with consent from property owners. On an evening when USDA Wildlife Services biologists are in East Lansing removing deer, all of the listed parks will be closed and they will be working in all parks throughout the evening.
Signs will be pre-posted at all affected parks notifying the community of the closures and, during the work, barricades and large closure signs will be in place at all known entrances to the parks, including main entries, footpaths, parking lots, trailheads and cut throughs. Letters will also be sent out to residents with properties that border affected parks notifying them of the work. This MDNR-permitted activity is being conducted in a controlled environment via professionals using professional tools. There is simply nothing more important than safety and there is no pressure on these professionals to try to remove more deer than can be safely removed. The biologists have spent significant time in East Lansing’s parks, noting the patterns of usage and determining the safest areas for removal. It is important to note that, if people are in the park, USDA staff will not proceed with any removal if safety has been compromised. USDA Wildlife Services – Michigan is conducting this removal and has never had a safety incident during deer removal operations, meaning no people or pets have been harmed during a deer removal.
The Michigan law pertains to hunting; however, the USDA Wildlife Services biologists performing this deer removal are not hunting. The City made a purposeful decision in hiring professionals instead of hunters to remove deer, and that decision was made to ensure safety and to ensure that the removal could be conducted in as few evenings as possible, with as little disruption to the community as possible. This was also the method of removal cited by residents in surveys as preferable.
Yes. Meridian Township, East Lansing’s neighboring community, runs a managed hunt to reduce their deer population. Other communities, such as Ann Arbor, Tecumseh, Mt. Pleasant, Jackson, Big Rapids and Freemont, have taken the approach of professional removal via firearms, similar to East Lansing.
Just as the decision to remove deer this winter and last winter took many years of community input, research and thoughtful consideration, post-removal input will continue to be collected and considered. The City intends to measure the outcomes of this removal by surveying residents and continuing to monitor deer herds and deer-vehicle accidents so that future decisions can be made. It would not be unusual, based on the experience of other communities, for the City to need to continue to address deer overpopulation in future years.
During the first round of deer removal in January 2021, 65 deer were removed by USDA Wildlife Services from a variety of City parks over two nights: Jan. 12 (32 deer removed) and Jan. 22 (33 deer removed). The breakdown for the two-night total is as follows:
Abbot Road Park – 29Burcham Park- 3Fine Park- 2Harrison Meadows Park- 21White Park- 5Aquatic Center/Softball Complex- 5
While Patriarche Park was also included as a designated park for removal, no deer were observed in Patriarche Park on the removal nights.
Additional numbers will be shared when the second round of deer removal is completed.
An income tax is a tax levied by a government directly on a percentage of income; it’s typically an annual tax on personal and business income. For a city income tax, the percentage is established at 1% for residents and .5% for non-residents. See Question #5 under the FAQs for Individuals for income that is exempt from the tax.
In addition to East Lansing, 23 other Michigan communities have an income tax. The communities with a standard 1% income tax for residents include: Albion, Battle Creek, Big Rapids, Flint, Grayling, Hamtramck, Hudson, Ionia, Jackson, Lansing, Lapeer, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac, Port Huron, Portland, Springfield, Walker and Benton Harbor. The communities that tax at a higher rate as permitted by statute include: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Highland Park and Saginaw. East Lansing's tax will never exceed 1%.
Yes. With the approval of the income tax proposal, the City Charter amendment approved by voters in November 2017 will go into effect, reducing the City's operating millage by 5 mills. Property owners will see this reduction on their July 2019 tax bills. This reduction in property taxes will lessen the impact of the income tax on property owners and, in some cases (i.e. retirees whose pension and social security income is exempt from the tax), the overall amount of taxes paid may actually decrease.
Property taxes will not increase without a vote of the people in years in which an income tax is imposed. The City Charter caps property taxes at 13 mills (20 mills prior to the income tax) in years in which an income tax is imposed. Any future increase above 13 mills in years in which an income tax is imposed would require another Charter Amendment, which would require another vote of the people.
If you are a resident of East Lansing who owns your own home, it will depend on your household income and the taxable value of your home. Your taxable income will be taxed at 1% and your total property taxes will decrease by about 10%. *Note that retirement income is not taxable locally, so seniors on fixed incomes who own their homes will, in many cases, see a reduction in their total taxes. Residents with specific questions about how the income tax and property tax reduction will impact them may want to consider consulting with a local tax office/professional. A Taxpayer Impact Calculator For Residents is also available (for estimation purposes only).
According to Plante Moran’s Income Tax Study, the income tax is expected to produce approximately $10 million, but with an estimated $5 million less in property taxes as a result of the property tax reduction, the total net revenue is estimated to be $5 million annually to be used for the dedicated purposes outlined in the ballot language. The income tax will help the City to maintain its core services, make supplemental pension payments (the City is legally obligated to make these payments for retired City employees) and reinvest in City infrastructure and public safety.
The income tax will be implemented on January 1, 2019 and the property tax reduction will be seen on July 2019 tax bills.
Income tax information is confidential except where a court orders the release of information. It will be no different than Federal or State tax information. All filings are confidential per MCL 141.674.
Councilmembers will not have access to this information. The City has hired a third party contractor to administer the tax. This contractor will receive the income tax information and complete the auditing of all returns. The City will have an income tax administrator on staff with access to the income tax software, but he/she will be held to the confidentiality rules noted above. No City employee or department will be provide the information for any purpose other than administration of the income tax.
425 agreements will not generally be impacted by the income tax. The agreements all contemplate the possibility of an income tax and designate the residents as City residents for such a purpose and designate the tax revenues as belonging to the City. The millage proposed to be assessed along with the income tax will still be above the various millage amounts required to be given back to the Townships under the revenue sharing provisions. The Townships will still get their share pursuant to the agreements regardless of an income tax.
If the employees work within the City of East Lansing, you are required to withhold from your employees whether they are an East Lansing resident or not. For residents, you are required to withhold 1% of their earnings and for non-residents working within East Lansing, you are required to withhold 0.5% of their earnings.If you have East Lansing residents as employees working outside the City of East Lansing, you are not required to withhold the East Lansing income tax, but the City does encourage courtesy withholding for your employee(s). If the income tax is not withheld from pay, a resident may be required to file quarterly estimated payments using form EL-1040-ES.
If the total amount withheld exceeds $100 per month, you are required to submit payment on a monthly basis using Forms EL-501 and EL-941. If the amount is less than $100 per month, you can submit payment on a quarterly basis only using Form EL-941.
You will need to begin withholding 0.5% for East Lansing and you will need to reduce the amount withheld for Lansing (or other city with an income tax) to 0.5%. This assumes the other city’s income tax rate is also 1%.
The employee can document the time worked outside of the City of East Lansing and will be refunded any excess tax withheld after they file their annual return. The employee will be required to submit documentation, certified by their employer, to substantiate the time worked outside of the City.
If a person is claimed as a dependent on another person’s return AND have adjusted gross income less than $5,000, they are exempt from the City of East Lansing income tax. This does not impact the amount you are required to withhold. You should withhold from these individuals in the same manner as other employees. These individuals will receive a refund for their excess withholding after filing their annual tax return.
Non-residents of the City of East Lansing are subject to withholding only if the City of East Lansing is their predominant place of employment. An employee can have only one predominant place of employment. The ordinance defines predominant place of employment as “that city imposing a tax under a uniform city income tax ordinance other than the city of residence, in which the employee estimates he will earn the greatest percentage of his/her compensation, which percentage is 25% or more.” Although these individuals are not subject to withholding, they are nevertheless required to file an annual return and report the applicable income earned in the City of East Lansing. The individual should be encouraged to pay estimated tax payments directly to the City to avoid penalty and interest.
You will be required to send copies of the employees’ W-2s and any issued 1099s to the City of East Lansing. In addition, you will need to prepare an annual EL-W-3, reconciling the amount withheld and the amount paid to the City.
An employer using a payroll processing service for reporting withholding is required to complete Form EL-8655, Reporting Agent Authorization. The form can be found here.
If an employer with employees working within the City of East Lansing refuses to withhold the required taxes from their employees, they may be held liable for payment of the tax.
All East Lansing residents (whether they work in the City or another community), non-residents who work in East Lansing and corporations/partnerships that have business activity in East Lansing.
Forms are available online here. Paper copies of the forms are also available at the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, and East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road.
Completed forms should be sent to the City of East Lansing Income Tax Processing Center, P.O. Box 526, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. If money is owed, payments should be included with the form.
At this time, East Lansing income tax forms can be prepared through online software programs, but cannot be e-filed through online software programs.
Income tax returns are due on April 30, 2020.
If your tax liability is greater than $100, yes. The due date for the first quarterly payment is April 30, 2020.
Residents (working in East Lansing or another community) and non-residents working in East Lansing will pay the income tax. Community members can view the East Lansing Income Tax Boundary Map (GIS) to determine if they live or work in the area where the income tax will be assessed. The map is searchable by address, parcel number and MSU building name.Residents will pay a 1% income tax and non-residents will pay a 0.5% income tax. There will be $600 deductions for each personal and dependency exemption claimed and some income, such as retirement income, will not be taxed. If an individual lives in East Lansing and works in another community with an income tax or works in East Lansing and lives in another community with an income tax, they would pay 0.5% to East Lansing and 0.5% to the community in which they work or live.
Employers within the City of East Lansing are required to withhold and remit the tax on behalf of its employees. East Lansing residents working in other communities should work with their respective employer to see if the tax can be withheld. Form EL-W-4 will need to be filed with his or her employer stating the number of exemptions claimed, the city of residence, and the predominant place of employment.If the income tax is not withheld from pay or other taxable income sources and the adjusted gross income results in a tax liability of $100 or more, a resident is required to file quarterly estimated tax payments using form EL-1040-ES. Failure to file form EL-1040-ES and make the required payments will result in the assessment of penalty and interest for the late payment of the tax.To avoid penalty and interest charges, you must pay during the course of the year at least 70% of your current year or prior year liability, whichever is less. Payments can be made through employer withholdings or quarterly estimated payments.
Community members can view the East Lansing Income Tax Boundary Map (GIS) to determine if they live or work in the area where the income tax will be administered. The map is searchable by address, parcel number and MSU building name.Other ways to tell if you live in the City of East Lansing are your voter registration card and/or your property tax bill. If these are issued by the City of East Lansing, you are an East Lansing resident.
Your employer may elect to voluntarily withhold for the City of East Lansing at a rate of 0.5% as well as withhold for the community in which you work at a rate of 0.5%. Your total tax rate will not exceed 1.0%.
Residents of East Lansing will pay a 1% income tax if working in a different community without a local income tax. A non-East Lansing employer is not required to withhold; however, an employer may elect to courtesy withhold for the City of East Lansing.
Income exempt from the income tax includes retirement income, unemployment income, military pay, tax refunds (city, state and federal) and more. For a more exhaustive list of income exempt from the City income tax, click here.Additionally, individuals who make less than $5,000 annually and do not have a personal exemption because they are claimed on someone else’s taxes would be exempt from the income tax. This could apply to students who are still claimed on their parent or guardian's taxes.
Yes, the employer should withhold at the applicable tax rate. You must file the individual income tax return form EL-1040, due April 30 of the subsequent year, to receive a refund of the amount withheld.
Your income tax may be pro-rated by your employer based on the amount of time you worked in the East Lansing community. The tax will only apply to the income earned while working in East Lansing. If your employer is unable to prorate and withholds too much, you will receive a refund when you file your EL-1040 form. You will be required to furnish support of the time worked outside of the City and this must be certified by your employer.
No, there has not been any environmental testing on the soil or existing buildings.
As outlined in the RFQ/P, the DDA is seeking proposals to spur a redevelopment that best balances the desires of the community and the community objective.
The East Lansing City Council will be considering a contract for the design of Evergreen Avenue infrastructure improvements with Kebs, Inc. at their December 17, 2019 meeting. This would include the design for road alignment, sewer and water infrastructure. Click here for a utilities map (PDF).
On March 10, 2020, the voters will consider a sale of the City-owned land at the northwest corner of Albert Ave and Abbot Road (City Lot #4). MSUFCU is proposing to construct a 5-8 story office building on Albert Avenue Lot #4, adjacent to this site. Plans for the development proposal are expected to be finalized in the coming months. If the voters approve the sale and MSUFCU submits development plans, they will be subject to the normal process and approvals for the site. It at the developer's discretion whether they choose to include, or not include, the MSUFCU proposed project in their proposal. Note that the re-alignment of Albert Avenue is expected to occur regardless, as the work is part of the Park District redevelopment project.
Although plans have not been submitted, MSUFCU has indicated a need for approximately 50 parking spaces.
A building would not be allowed to be constructed over underground infrastructure. The infrastructure would need to be rerouted.
Proposers should put forward their best option for the DDA and City to consider, which could include financing all or a portion of the necessary public infrastructure. The City Council will be approving a contract on 12/17/19 for the design of the infrastructure improvements as researched and desired by the City. A developer could potentially fund the infrastructure and be reimbursed through TIF or through a Brownfield plan. The City is also researching the potential to fund the improvements, which could possibly be reimbursed through a future Brownfield plan on the Evergreen properties through a look-back provision in Brownfield TIF.
The City Council has been reviewing the Oakwood Historic Boundary Study. At the December 10, 2019 City Council meeting, Council reviewed two options. The first option includes the Evergreen Properties remaining in the historic district. The second option includes the removal of the Evergreen Properties (314-344) and Valley Court Park. City Council has asked for a third option, which is the removal of the Evergreen Properties (314-344), Valley Court and the removal of some additional properties. City Council will make a decision on what option to approve at their January 21, 2020 meeting. If the properties remain in the historic district, they will need to be approved for demolition by the Historic District Commission to allow a redevelopment to take place.
The City will not be providing the form. The developer should submit their own Sworn Statement.
Other property owned by the City can be included in proposed projects. A vote of the residents is likely required to approve the sale of any City owned property, by a majority vote (Charter of the City of East Lansing Section 4.81 b).
Michigan law adds age, height, weight and marital status protections. Chapter 22 of the City Code further prohibits discrimination based on age, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, student status, legal source of income or the use of adaptive devices or aids.
Discrimination because of sex includes sexual harassment which means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal of physical conduct or communication of sexual nature.
The term major life activity may include:
A copy of a fire or medical report can be obtained by submitting a FOIA request or by contacting East Lansing Fire Station #1 by phone at (517) 332-1956 or by email.
The City Council has budgeted up to $40,000 for the study.
The City has indicated that data collection is expected to be conducted prior to mid-April, to coincide with the end of the Michigan State University academic year. The report should be finalized by early summer 2020.
The RFQ/P does refer to submarkets, such as the Northern Tier, downtown and those neighborhoods proximate to Michigan State University.
The City is hoping to build on this study in the future to track trends and look for areas that suggest further study. The desired study will contain a framework which is replicable over time, allowing the City to track and benchmark certain data points in the future.
Data on all properties in East Lansing is available via this link: https://bsaonline.com/?uid=138. Our staff can provide information in regards to properties that have a rental license, with type, occupancy and other related information. Some additional information is available through our Assessor’s office, which can provide additional data to the selected respondent, as staff resources allow.
We don’t anticipate public input sessions leading up to the development of the study. However, we do anticipate a high level of public interest in the results of the study, as well as the anticipated next steps. If you’d like to propose additional outreach, we might suggest that you offer it as a phase 2 consideration.
Provisioning center facilities are allowed in four separate overlay districts chosen by City Council. They are located in the north, south, east, and west areas of the City and essentially do not abut residential neighborhoods. All provisioning center facilities must also meet the requirements of the underlying zoning of the property.
There is not a cap per se; however, the 1,000-foot buffer requirement between lot lines from other provisioning center facilities naturally limits the number that would be allowed.
You must have been issued a pre-qualification application number by the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs prior to submitting an application for a Special Use Permit for any medical marihuana facility.
The City of East Lansing has not put a limit on the number of applications being accepted.
The process involves a special use permit that runs with the property, not the business or owner. The property owner must sign the land use development application which makes them aware of the applicant’s desire to obtain a special use permit for the property. The process takes a minimum of three months and two public hearings will be held; Planning Commission makes a recommendation to City Council and City Council makes the final decision.
The land use development application should be completed to the fullest extent possible. A site plan is required to be submitted with the application in addition to a $5,000.00 application fee; which is also to be paid annually.
A meeting is not required, but may be beneficial as a pre-review of your application to find out what items are missing or still needed.
No. Submitting an application does not secure an applicant’s place in line.
Additional information is available on the City of East Lansing's Medical Marihuana webpage and the State of Michigan's Licensing And Regulatory Affairs (LARA) webpage.
The City of East Lansing’s Parking Lot #4 is at the northwest corner of Abbot Road and Albert Avenue. It is adjacent to the Dublin Square restaurant. The parcel also includes an additional piece of land that will be made available by the re-alignment of Albert Avenue, which is expected to occur in spring 2020.
If voters were to approve the ballot proposal, it would authorize the East Lansing City Council to sell the land to MSUFCU for $810,000 for the purposes of developing a commercial office building that would be a minimum of five stories and a maximum of eight stories high. Approved uses are required to be commercial and cannot be residential.
The City hired a professional appraiser to perform an appraisal in November 2019, which determined a market value of $810,000. If voters approve this ballot question, the purchase price must be no more or less than $810,000.
No. This would authorize the City to sell the land to MSUFCU for $810,000. An actual sale would be subject to conditions, which would be negotiated as part of a Purchase & Sale Agreement (PSA). This agreement would need to be approved by both the East Lansing City Council and MSUFCU prior to a sale being executed. The City Council has requested that a draft of the PSA be created for their discussion and input at their discussion-only meeting on February 18, 2020.
No. Although MSUFCU has shared some conceptual renderings, a full set of plans must be developed and an application for the project must be submitted to the City. At that point, a public approval process would begin, which would include review by the appropriate City boards and commissions and, ultimately, the East Lansing City Council.
The East Lansing City Council has requested that MSUFCU provide any additional information about the project at their discussion-only meeting on February 18, 2020. MSUFCU has indicated that they will likely be prepared to present some updated project renderings and provide additional information regarding their conceptual proposal for discussion and feedback from the Council. It is not likely that they will be ready to formally apply for a project until spring 2020.
The parcel is currently tax exempt. A sale to MSUFCU would make the parcel taxable and obligate them to pay future property taxes, both real and personal. A building on the site would increase the taxable value and, therefore, the taxes that they would be responsible for. MSUFCU employees in East Lansing are currently subject to the City income tax. If employment increases in East Lansing due to a new project at this site, new employees would also be subject to the income tax.
Yes. The money for the sale of the property will be used for general fund purposes through appropriations by the East Lansing City Council. With regard to future taxes, although the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority captures the increase in property taxes and directs those dollars to improvements in the downtown, if the voters approve the sale and the project moves forward, the City’s general fund would benefit from any increase in personal property taxes and income taxes generated by the project.
At this time, MSUFCU officials have not requested Tax Increment Financing (TIF), However, if environmental contamination is found on the site during MSUFCU’s due diligence, it would need to be remediated as part of any development project. Depending on what might be found, if the voters approve the sale and if MSUFCU decides to move forward, the possibility exists that MSUFCU may request brownfield TIF at a later date. Any request for TIF in East Lansing is ultimately at the discretion of the East Lansing City Council. The City policy on the use of TIF clearly places an emphasis on environmental remediation and public infrastructure.
The website does not reflect the discounted rate. You may: (1) put payment in one of the 24-hour drop boxes, (2) bring it in person to the 54B District Court, 101 Linden St., from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or (3) call the Parking Division at (517) 351-7022 to pay over the phone.
The Prime Time Seniors Program serves to enrich the lives of community members who are age 55+. Prime Time is committed to providing programs that engage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and vocational dimensions of wellness, as well as encourage involvement in the community.
Anyone can become a member of the Prime Time Senior Program. There are many member benefits, including a $5 discount on classes and activities. The cost for a membership for an East Lansing resident is $25 and the cost for a non-resident is $35. Learn more.
Along with offering more than 200 classes and activities, the Prime Time Seniors Program offers a number of services ranging from foot care and blood pressure checks, technology assistance, emergency call list, chore service referrals and more.
Seniors from around the East Lansing area use Prime Time Seniors Center.
Prime Time is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. When the East Lansing Public Schools are closed for inclement weather, the program closes. Please check news outlets for school closing announcements.
This program was developed to assist East Lansing property owners with the professional installation of a backflow prevention valve or equivalent private infrastructure to reduce the potential for sewer backups into basements utilizing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
This program is open to all property owners with property within East Lansing’s city limits.
The City will reimburse 100 percent of the first $1,000 of the eligible cost and 75 percent of the eligible cost exceeding $1,000, up to a total reimbursement of $3,000. The property owner will be responsible for all remaining costs.
Prior to applying for a reimbursement, the property owner will need to hire a licensed plumber/contractor to perform the work and the plumber/contractor will need to obtain a plumbing permit from the City of East Lansing's Building Division. Once the installation is completed, it will also need to be inspected by the City's Building Division prior to submittal of the program application. Eligible property owners will need to include the following required attachments with their application: an itemized project invoice from the licensed contractor/plumber, proof of payment by the property owner, a copy of the plumbing permit issued by the City and proof of an approved final inspection by the City. This program is also being offered retroactively to property owners who have already hired a licensed plumber/contractor to have this work done, as long as the work was completed on or after March 3, 2021 and meets all eligibility and application requirements.
Depending on the property’s layout and issues, there are various different approaches that may be available to protect the basement. If the flooding issue is caused by water that seeps through the basement walls, windows or floors during heavy rains, installation of a backflow prevention valve will not help with that problem as it is not related to the City’s sanitary sewer system. Property owners are encouraged to talk with a licensed plumber to determine the best approach for their property.
A backflow prevention valve will prevent backups caused by defects of your private service pipe, but it only addresses the backup and not the actual problem. Therefore, it is not the best solution. For the best solution, it is important to discuss the issue with your licensed plumber since these problems tend to worsen over time.
While these improvements greatly reduce the chance of a backup in your basement, no solution is completely fail-safe. Mechanical equipment can fail, but ongoing maintenance will help prevent this.
Yes, the property owner is responsible for the maintenance of the device installed.
Yes. In addition to being available to East Lansing homeowners, the program is available to East Lansing property owners who own rental property or businesses. The actual property owner for the rental property or business must apply for the program, and the program is limited to one total payment of $3,000 per property owner and per property.
A fillable PDF application is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/BackupProtectionProgram and printed copies of the application are available at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road, and the East Lansing Department of Public Works, 1800 E. State Road. Instructions for how to submit the application and all required attachments can be found on the application.
Prospective applicants with questions about the City of East Lansing's application process for the Property Owner Assistance Program for Basement Backup Protection can contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459 ext. 0. For questions related to plumbing permits/inspections, applicants can call the City of East Lansing's Building Division at (517) 319-6871 or (517) 319-6810.
Library cards are available free of charge to residents, MSU students, City employees, businesses/organizations and others. Apply for a library card here.
Patrons may use their library card, driver's license or State ID to check out materials. Only cardholders may check out materials without the library card in hand. Learn more.
The East Lansing Public Library accepts online payments for library fines. Learn more.
If you have additional questions, contact the Housing & University Relations Administrator, Annette Irwin, at (517) 319-6801 or by email.
The Department of Planning, Building & Development will send out notifications to rental property owners/managers in the event of a code change.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) plows eight miles of state highway, 26 miles of major streets and 63 miles of local or residential streets and three miles of alleys. DPW coordinates salting and snow control in conjunction with the East Lansing Police Department. Crews start by plowing state highways and major streets, then move to residential street stops, hills and corners. These first priority routes are maintained until conditions are under control, at which time, crews move to residential streets, alleys and cul-de-sacs. Typically, plowing only takes place in residential neighborhoods when snowfall accumulates to three inches or more. Please understand that every street cannot be cleared at the same time.
Salt is applied to ice as needed on state highways, major streets and in critical areas, such as stops, hills and corners. Depending on the severity of conditions, crews may also spot treat ice on local residential streets.
If your schedule permits, you may want to wait and clear your sidewalk after City plows have passed through your street. If it is a significant snowfall, the snowplows will probably be back. Streets are typically opened with one pass through, so that streets can be made passable for drivers as soon as possible. Snowplows may return to open the street curb-to-curb. This is done to clear areas for on-street parking, where it is permitted, and to allow melting snow to drain into catch basins. We regret that you may find some of this snow on your recently shoveled sidewalk and you have to shovel it again.
The City of East Lansing clears sidewalks in some higher-volume pedestrian traffic areas, including downtown East Lansing, along many major streets and areas near schools. Even if the City plows these areas, property owners are still responsible for making sure the sidewalk adjacent to their property is maintained and clear enough for everyone to use, including those in wheelchairs. If you have any questions, please call Parking & Code Enforcement at (517) 319-6894.
Currently, the 54B District Court assesses $90 in fines and costs. Please note, fines and costs are determined, in part, by legislative requirements. Contact the 54B District Court at (517) 351-4568 for updated information. Learn more.
The City collects property taxes in the summer (July 1) and winter (December 1). The taxes are collected for the operation of the city itself, as well as East Lansing School District, Lansing School District, Haslett School District, Bath School District, Ingham Intermediate School District, Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency, Lansing Community College, Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), Ingham County, Clinton County and the State of Michigan Education Millage. View the City of East Lansing's Property Tax Handout (PDF) for a more specific breakdown of where property taxes go and to learn how the portion of taxes kept by the City is used.
The city millage rate is established by City Council with limitations established by the city charter. The boards of the other jurisdictions establish their own millage rate. Each year the millage rate changes depending on the taxing authority’s budget needs. View the tax rates online.
If you have any questions, please call the Treasury Department at (517) 319-6872.
Each governing body that levies property taxes sets its own millage rate annually. Usually, a city charter or a vote of the electorate has determined the maximum number of mills each governing body can levy. A mill represents $1 per $1000 of taxable value. If you have any questions, please call the Treasury Department at (517) 319-6872.
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