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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.
In the event of overflow items, the City does offer a year-round drop-off recycling site at 1800 E. State Road.
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.
There are a number of bike parking option in the downtown.
To obtain an absentee voter ballot, residents must complete an Absentee Voter Ballot Application. Absentee voters have until 4 p.m. on the day before the election to obtain and vote an absentee ballot in person at the City Clerk's office. Those planning to vote absentee must return their absentee voter ballot by hand or mail to the East Lansing City Clerk's Office at 410 Abbot Road by 8 p.m. on election day. Absentee voters can check the status of their absentee voter ballot online.
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 email email@example.com
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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.
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:
Residents and non-residents working in the community would pay the income tax. Residents would pay a 1% income tax (whether they work in East Lansing or another community) and non-residents would pay a .5% income tax (there will be exemptions for certain income and number of dependents). If a resident 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 .5% to East Lansing and .5% to the community in which they work or live. The impact of the income tax for residents would be reduced by the property millage rollback (if it passes) and, in some cases (i.e. retirees exempt from the income tax), the overall amount of taxes paid would decrease. The property tax reduction would only occur in the event that an income tax is approved by voters.
Property taxes in East Lansing are already high. By combining an income tax with a reduction in property tax, the ballot proposals (if approved) will spread the cost of running the City across a larger tax base and minimize the impact of the income tax paid by residents. Much of the new revenue will come from people who work in East Lansing, but live elsewhere. At the same time, most seniors who own their homes will get a tax break because retirement income is not taxed locally.
Property taxes will be reduced from the 20 mill limitation under the City Charter to 13 mills. This will result in a minimum reduction of 4.5679 mills since the current rate is 17.5679 mills. It is Council’s intent to levy less than that and reduce the actual amount levied by 5 mills to 12.5679 mills, which will minimize the impact of the estimated income tax paid by residents and, in some cases (i.e. retirees exempt from the income tax), decrease the overall amount of taxes paid. The property tax reduction would only occur in the event that an income tax is approved by voters.
The funding would be used to reinvest in aging infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, etc.), maintain strong public services to the community and prevent additional, deep cuts to areas such as public safety, which makes up 64.8 % of the City's general fund expenditures. The funding would also be used to cover legacy costs (retiree pensions and healthcare), which have increased due to the recession and below-average market returns (80% funded in 2003, 53% funded today; pension only).
The City and MSU were in negotiations over a proposal for the University to make a direct annual payment to the City, in lieu of implementing the income tax, for a specified period of time. After several proposals and counter proposals, the City Council elected to accept an offer that would pay the city $20 million over an eight year period. In spite of President Simon advocating in favor of the proposal, the MSU Board of Trustees failed to approve the offer. That effectively concluded the City’s negotiation with MSU.
The income tax would be implemented on January 1, 2018 and the property tax reduction would be implemented at the beginning of the new fiscal year, which would be July 1, 2018.
Income exempt from the income tax would include all retirement income (social security, pensions, 401K, annuities, IRA distributions after age 59 ½), 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 please click here. Additionally, people who make less than $5,000 in adjusted gross income in a year will be exempt from paying the income tax.
Yes. For residents, taxable income would be subject to the 1% tax no matter where it is earned, but the impact of the tax would be minimized by the property tax reduction.
Students who are residents of East Lansing (have an East Lansing address on their driver’s license) and make more than $5,000* in adjusted gross income in a year will be subject to the same 1 percent income tax as other residents if they work in East Lansing or another community. Non-resident students who work in East Lansing and make more than $5,000* in adjusted gross income in a year will pay a 0.5% income tax and would only pay the tax on the income earned in East Lansing. *Many students will not be impacted by the income tax because City Council has adopted a low-income level, which exempts people whose adjusted gross income is less than $5,000 per year from paying the income tax.
Taxable value of a property is the value against which millage rates are levied to determine property taxes. Residents can find out their taxable value here (search City of East Lansing and then click on Property and Land Search). Taxable value can also be found on a resident’s property tax bill.
Generally, yes. Proceeds from pension and retirement accounts are exempt. Also exempt is interest from obligations of the United States, the states or subordinate units of government. Learn more about taxable income and non-taxable income.
Generally, yes. For residents, capital gains are taxed to the extent they exceed any capital losses. However, gains on pension or retirement benefits and gains on sales of obligation of the United States are exempt. Learn more about taxable income and non-taxable income.
Only to the extent that capital gains exceed capital losses from the sale of real and tangible personal property if the capital gains arise from property located in the City. Learn more.
Based on FY 2017 assessment data, TIF revenue will drop approximately $208,300 due to a 5 mill reduction, with $134,100 of that being a loss to the DDA ($80,200), Parking Fund ($46,500) and City’s General Fund ($7,400). The balance of the TIF revenue decline will come from a decrease to developer reimbursements. The estimated 5 million in revenue from the income tax will more than offset the reduction in TIF revenue.
The cost for a membership for an East Lansing resident is $20 and the cost for a non-resident is $30.
If you have additional questions, contact the Housing & University Relations Administrator, Annette Irwin, at (517) 319-6801 or by email.
Salt or sand is applied to ice as needed on major streets and in critical areas, such as stops and hills. 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.