Lansing City Levy Restoration Question (November 2011)

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A Lansing City Levy Restoration Question was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Lansing which is in Ingham County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 8,100 (51.85%)Approveda
  • NO 7,521 (48.15%)[1]

This measure sought to restore the city levy to a rate of $19.44 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a further four years in order to continue to pay for police and fire rotection costs as well as road maintenance projects in the city.[2] This measure was also on the May ballot, it was rejected by voters. This measure differs from the May issue in that there are specified amount of money which would be allocated to the Police and Fire departments in the city. The tax was calculated on property value, city officials noted that property values have continued to decrease thus the need to raise the tax so as to be able to maintain current services. The City Council ha given is support behind this measure.[3]

Two of the four candidates who were running for the Lansing City Council's at large seats noted that they were in favor of this measure, that the need to maintain police and fire services is essential for the city.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the City restore its property taxing capacity to 20 mills as originally approved by the electors and reduced by operation of the Headlee Amendment for the next 5 years (from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2016, inclusive), which is an increase of 0.8308 mills as new additional millage in excess of the current limit, and within which the City may raise the current levy of 15.44 mills by 4 mills to 19.44 mills, with 1.5 mills to be dedicated to police protection, 1.5 mills to be dedicated to fire protection, and 1 mill to be dedicated to local road maintenance and other essential services?[5]