FY18 Budget Preparation

East Lansing City Council has begun its review of the City of East Lansing's FY18 Preliminary Budget & Program of Services (PDF). A budget preparation public meeting schedule is posted below for citizens who would like to attend the meetings. 

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Background


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 16 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 and City facilities.


City officials have made sustained efforts to address the City's financial 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. 

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's work concluded at the end of 2016 and the team's recommendations were presented to Council in January 2017. Council is currently in the process of considering the recommendations.

Budget Preparation Public Meeting Schedule


Date
Summary
Saturday, February 4 Present 5-Year Financial Forecast at City Council Budget Retreat
8:30 a.m.-noon
East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road
View Agenda
Tuesday, Feb. 21
 Special Budget Meeting
 5:30 p.m.
 East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road
 View special meeting notice (PDF)
Tuesday, April 11  City Council Budget Work Session - General Overview
 5:30 p.m.
 Conference Room A
 City Hall, 410 Abbot Road
Tuesday, April 11 City Council Meeting - Council to set date of Tuesday, May 9, 2017 for a Public Hearing on Budget & Tax Rate
7 p.m.
Courtroom 2
54B District Court, 101 Linden St.
Tuesday, April 18 City Council Budget Work Session - Human Services, Capital Improvements Fund, Parking Fund
5:30 p.m. 
Conference Room A
City Hall, 410 Abbot Road
Tuesday, April 25 
City Council Budget Work Session - Utility Funds, Street Funds, Solid Waste Fund
5:30 p.m.
Conference Room A 
City Hall, 410 Abbot Road
Tuesday, May 9 City Council Meeting - Hold Public Hearing on Budget & Tax Rate
7 p.m.
Courtroom 2
54B District Court, 101 Linden St.
Tuesday, May 16
City Council Budget Work Session (if needed)
Tuesday, May 23
City Council Meeting - Adopt FY18 Budget & Tax Rate
7 p.m.
Courtroom 2
54B District Court, 101 Linden St.