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Lansing, Michigan

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Lansing is the capital city in U.S. state of Michigan. In 2010, its population was 114,297, making it the fifth-largest city in Michigan.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Michigan city websites

This website was reviewed on Feb. 26, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas are posted.[3]
    • Meeting minutes are posted back to 2000.[4]
  • Administration
    • Staff contact information is on each department's page.
  • Budget
    • Current and previous budgets are posted.[5]
    • Budgets are archived to 2007.
  • Audits
    • Financial reports and audits are posted.[6]
    • Annual audits are archived to 2002.
  • Taxes
    • Income tax information and online payment are posted.[7]
    • Property tax rates are posted.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Current bid opportunities are posted.[9]
    • Bid page links to county site where bids are posted.
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permit forms are posted.[10]
    • Zoning information is posted.[11]
  • Public Records

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • No information is posted on government sector lobbying.

Budget

2011-12

The 2011-12 Lansing City budget calls for $178,710,443 in expenditures.[13]

2011-12 Expenditures by Department[13]
Service Type Proposed Budget % of Budget
Executive/Legislative $3,557,065 1.98%
Courts $4,423,100 2.46%
Police $30,934,470 20.47%
Fire $26,541,930 14.79%
Parks $8428,700 4.70%
Planning & Devel. $23,707,673 13.21%
Human Relations/Supp. $2,225,440 1.24%
Public Services $57,145,035 31.83%
Capital Improvements $5.488.970 3.06%
Finance $9,767,420 5.44%
Human Resources $1,475,640 0.82%
TOTAL $178,710,443 100%

Pensions

Lansing's Retirement Obligations as of December 31, 2009[14]
System Funded Liability Unfunded Liability
Pension $473.7 million $125.9 million
Healthcare $41.8 million $376.4 million

Taxes

For 2011-12, the property tax rate is 15.70 mills.[13]

The income tax rate is 1.0% for individual residents and corporations, and 0.5% for non-resident individuals.[7]

Proposed tax increase

A 4-mill property tax increase is on the November 8, 2011, ballot.[15] According to the budget, if voters pass this tax increase, it will bring in an additional $8.5 million to help bolster police, fire, and public services.[13]

Austerity measures

To address a $20 million shortfall, the proposed 2011-12 budget would cut up to 130 of Lansing's 1,041 jobs.[13] New and increased fees to bring in an additional $930,000 are also proposed.[13]

Public employees

Elected officials

The city council is made up of eight members, four of whom are up for election on odd years, on a rotating basis.[16]

2011 City Councilmembers
Name Ward Position
A'Lynne Robinson 3rd President
Kathie Dunbar At-Large Vice President
Eric Hewitt 1st
Tina Houghton 2nd
Brian Jeffries At-Large
Derrick Quinney At-Large
Carol Wood At-Large
Jessica Yorko 4th

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