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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Fund raising

Are city residents ready for a tax increase to help balance Lansing's budget deficit?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Dunbar is proposing a special May 3 election in which city voters could elect to increase property tax rates by $4 for every $1,000 of taxable property. The estimated $8.5 million in new revenue would go toward maintaining police, fire and road services.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

E.L. dispensary regulations on hold

The East Lansing City Council punts on regulating medical marijuana dispensaries … sort of

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 16 — The East Lansing City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to take another month to discuss possible medical marijuana dispensary regulations in the city, thus extending a moratorium on the businesses for another 90 days.
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Tuesday, February 15,2011

Kids in the Hall

A May election looks inevitable

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 15 — The Lansing City Council is expected to vote next week on whether to hold a special May election in which city voters could decide on a 4-mill property tax increase. But the results may be in. An election looks inevitable.
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Monday, February 14,2011

The plan

A FY 2012 budget presentation scheduled for Committee of the Whole

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 14 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to convene at 6:15 tonight as Committee of the Whole for a budget presentation. But this is no ordinary budget presentation.
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Thursday, February 10,2011

Who’s more scared?

Library patrons are worried about guns openly carried in the library; gun owners fear for their own safety without them

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 10 — The Capital Area District Library took a formal stance on its no-weapons policy Wednesday, citing “alarm and panic” from staff and patrons when guns are openly carried in the library.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Tax hikes in the city?

Lansing voters may face a special election in May to raise property taxes to help pay for police and fire protection and roads. Mayor Bernero: ‘This may be the year that I have to cry uncle’

by Andy Balaskovitz
So far, the plan calls for holding a special election in May ' before the Council has to approve a fiscal year 2012 budget ' that could generate roughly $8.5 million in additional revenue for the city through a 4-mill property tax increase. Feb. 22 is the deadline for the Council to call a special election.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

No ways, no how

First Ward Councilman Eric Hewitt wants off of the Ways and Means Committee. But can he just resign?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Committee Chairwoman and Council Vice President Kathie Dunbar set three meetings at 3 p.m. this month to address gaps in the looming $15 million budget deficit for fiscal year 2012. Normally, Ways and Means meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 4 p.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

DEA in Delhi

The Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad raids a medical marijuana growing operation that might be two plants over the state limit. Small stuff — yet the narcs call the feds. Why?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Since then, federal marijuana charges have been brought against Randall Lloyd Darling and Joseph David Johnson, the two growers who showed Every the plants. They face a minimum of five years in prison for growing more than 100 cannabis plants.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Kids in the Hall

Open gun carriers voice concerns with CADL policy; Gillespie is reconsidered for Corridor Improvement Authority; and a General Fund halftime report

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 9 — Members of the gun rights advocacy group Michigan Open Carry voiced their concerns with the Capital Area District Library’s no-weapons policy at Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Bernero urges support for tax increase

Mayor: 'I have to in all honesty say I think we need more revenue'

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 9 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero strengthened his support today for a potential property tax increase in Lansing.
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