EL To Keep Income Tax On The Ballot

Sep 12, 2017

East Lansing will keep the proposed income tax on the November ballot after negotiations with Michigan State University over removing it from the ballot fell through.




East Lansing City Clerk Marie Wicks told WKAR Tuesday that the city council does not plan to remove the income tax item from the ballot during tonight's meeting.

Wicks approved the ballots with the income tax question on them and says they should be sent to the printer tomorrow. Ballots must be delivered to local jurisdictions by September 23rd.

MSU’s president Lou Ann Simon offered the city 20 million dollars in lieu of an income tax. Vice President and Secretary of the board of trustees Bill Beekman confirmed Tuesday that they were unable to conclude the negotiations successfully.

East Lansing City Council voted in June to put an income tax measure on the November ballot. If voters approve it, residents will pay one-percent income tax  but will get a property tax cut. Non-residents will pay one-half percent income tax.