The City of East Lansing is beginning its budget process for the upcoming fiscal year and investigating ways to improve its long-term fiscal health. To that end, City staff and the East Lansing City Council are seeking community input on potential budget changes. In January 2018, the City retained Public Sector Consultants (PSC) to help design a community input process that demonstrated current budget constraints, showcased potential options for service reductions and additional revenue, and gathered input on residents’ preferences.
This report, published in February 2018, documents the outcomes of that process, including data collected at two City of East Lansing Budget Priorities Community Engagement meetings, facilitated by PSC, as well as an online survey, also conducted by PSC.
The primary source of data for this report is surveys collected from residents and other concerned stakeholders. A total of 174 surveys were collected between the two community input meetings, and a total of 794 surveys were collected online.
This report describes our methodology for designing the community input process and the surveys and provides aggregated results from the community engagement meetings and the online survey. Finally, this report identifies observations of outside factors influencing this process as well as a brief analysis of what the survey results indicate about residents’ desire from the City’s future budget.
A copy of the full report is available below.