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You may also call the Jury Clerk at 517-483-4443 not later than the Friday before your jury duty is to start.
(Previous Taxable Value - Losses) x CPI + Additions = Current Year's Capped ValueThe taxable value is the lesser of the Capped Value or the Assessed Value.
Losses are defined as physical changes to the property that result in a loss of value - i.e. demolishing a garage.CPI is the consumer's price index as calculated by the State of Michigan each October.Additions are defined as physical improvements to the property that add value and were not previously assessed. i.e. adding a deck.
You can estimate your annual property taxes by going to this link: https://treas-secure.state.mi.us/ptestimator/ptestimator.asp .
Please call the CART hotline at 517-483-4400 or email email@example.com to request a recycling cart.
For a complete listing of all acceptable recyclables, please visit our
Filing a claim does not relieve you of responsibility for the fee or any interest or penalties charged for late payment. Thus, you should pay the fee in a timely manner, even though you are filing a claim. Paying the fee will not be held against you when your claim is reviewed. If you pay the fee and are found not to be liable for it, your money will be refunded to you.
Legal forms are available on the 6th floor of City Hall, at local law libraries, and on the Michigan Supreme Court website.
The OCA prosecutes all misdemeanor violations and civil infractions that occur within city limits. Some of the offenses include drunk driving, frequenting drug houses, assault and battery, property destruction and all peace disturbances. The civil infractions include all traffic violations, such as speeding, disobeying traffic signals and driving while your license is suspended.
The OCA advises the Mayor, City Council, officers, departments and agencies of the City on matters relating to their official duties.
Other duties of the OCA include preparing or approving all bonds, contracts, ordinances and other written documents involving the legal actions of the City. The OCA also appears on behalf of the City for any lawsuits filed by the City or against the City.
Attorneys in the Legal Department serve as the attorneys for City government and City officials, rather than for individual citizens. Individuals must retain their own attorneys for legal advice and representation.
The City Attorney's Office is on the 5th Floor of the City Hall building at 124 West Michigan Avenue Lansing, Michigan 48933.
Yes, you can vote by absentee ballot by calling your local clerks office 517-483-4133, or come to the City Clerk's Office on 9th floor of City Hall, 124 West Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933, to obtain an application form to receive an absentee ballot.
We also have an elections office that is open 29 days before the election at 2500 South Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48910, or you can call us at 517-483-4485.
You must register in person to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot the first time you vote, unless you are 60 years of age or have a disability. You can re-register and pick up an absentee ballot at the clerk's office or vote in person at your polling place on Election Day. After you have voted once, you may receive an absentee ballot for future elections. If you are 60 years of age or have a disability you can vote by absentee ballot.
Any registered voter is eligible to receive an absentee ballot.
You can call the Lansing City Clerks office at 517-483-4133 to request an application for an absentee ballot. You can also write to your local clerk requesting an absentee ballot or stop into our office at office on the 9th floor of City Hall, 124 West Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48933 to apply.
There is also an elections office open 29 days before the election located at 2500 South Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48910, where you can apply for an absentee ballot, or you can call us at 517-483-4485.
You can request an absentee ballot up to 75 days before the election. The latest you can receive your ballot will be the Saturday before the election. As this date is close to the election, it may be best to come to our office and vote your absentee ballot. Our South Washington office will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Saturday before each election.
The City of Lansing maintains a Permanent Absentee Application List. Anyone can be on this list. After being placed on this list you will receive an absentee ballot application for every election. You will need to fill out and sign the form receive your absentee ballot.
You can call, email or write our office to be placed on the permanent absentee application list. The address is:
City Clerks Office
9th Floor of City Hall
124 W Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933-1695
Our phone number is: 517-483-4133.
Our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact your commanding officer and receive a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot (FPCA).
If you are a citizen overseas you can contact your Consulate Office.
You can also go to www.fvap.gov/michigan to get more information on military and overseas voting, along with requesting your ballot.
Yes, you can come into the City Clerk's Office on the 9th floor of City Hall to return your absentee ballot prior to election day. You can also come to our office at 2500 South Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48910, which will be open 29 days prior to the election.
Yes, an absentee ballot can be sent out of the City, State, or Country. Both your mailing address and your Lansing address needs to be stated on your absentee ballot application.
Yes, we can mail your absentee ballot to your Post Office Box.
No, only an immediate family member, a person residing in the same household, or an assistant of the clerk may deliver your absentee ballot to the Clerk's Office.
Our City Hall office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Our South Washington Elections Unit will be open 29 days prior to the election, and the hours will be Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 8am-5pm, and Wednesday 8am-7pm. Along with the 8am-2pm the Saturday before the election.
There is also a 24-hour secure drop-box at the front of City Hall and our South Washington office where you can place your ballot if you cannot make those times.
If you spoil your ballot in any way, you can receive another absentee ballot by calling our office at 517-483-4133 or by coming in person. We will void your old absentee ballot, and then issue you a new one.
The latest an absentee ballots can be mailed is the Saturday before any election. As this date is close to the election date, you may wish to come to our office at 2500 South Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48910, to vote. We will be open that Saturday before the election until 2 p.m.
The last day you can get an absentee ballot in our City Hall or South Washington office is the day before an election by 4 p.m. You must come in person, as your ballot cannot be given to anyone else.
Normally, you cannot vote an absentee ballot on election day. However, if an emergency has occurred, such as you have been hospitalized on election day, or sickness or death has occurred in your family which will not allow you to go to the polls, you can receive an emergency absentee ballot. You will need to contact our office if this has occurred.
No, you cannot drop off your absentee ballot at your voting precinct. You must bring your absentee ballot to the City Clerk's Office, the South Washington Office, or place it in one of the secure drop-boxes that are located outside both offices, before the polls close.
Yes, in order to do so, you must take your absentee ballot to your voting precinct. The poll worker will then void your ballot, and then you may vote in a normal manner.
Polls open on election day at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You will be allowed to vote after 8 p.m. as long as you are in line by 8 p.m.
The local transportation system, CATA (517-394-1000), will provide free rides on election day upon showing your voter registration card.
If you need help in voting you can request assistance from a poll worker.
You can have anyone assist you to vote except a representative of your union or your employer.
All precincts in the City of Lansing are handicap accessible.
Yes, if you register to vote in person at your Township or City Clerk's Office with proof of residency in that Township or City.
In order to vote in Michigan, you must meet the following requirements:
- A United States citizen
- At least 18 years of age by Election Day
- A resident of the City of Lansing or city or township in which you are applying to register
- You cannot be confined in jail after being convicted and sentenced
Registration is required under Michigan law to be eligible to vote.
Registration in Michigan is considered permanent, so you do not need to re-register for each election. You need to re-register anytime you move and change your address or when you change your name. Re-registration is also necessary if for any reason your registration has been cancelled and it cannot be reinstated.
Eligible citizens may become registered to vote in a variety of ways, at any time through Election Day. Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency.
Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day and are not required to provide proof of residency. Other methods of registration include an application obtained at one of the following locations:
Michigan law states that the same address must be used for voter registration and driver's license purposes. That means, if the residence address you provide on the application differs from the address shown on a driver's license or personal identification card issued by the state of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver's license or personal ID card address to match the residence address entered on this form. If a change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver's license or personal ID card.
If you are temporarily outside the US, you may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to register. The FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases, or you can go to www.fvap.gov/michigan to get more information and register online.
A Michigan resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to vote in Michigan until he or she reestablishes residency here.
You can call the City Clerk's Office at 517-483-4133 or check the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.
No, you cannot register at the polls, but you can register in person at your Township or City Clerk's Office with proof of residency in that Township or City up to and including Election Day. You can also register to vote until 15 days before an election by mail, online, or in person.
You should call the Lansing City Clerk's Office at 517-483-4133 or check the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.
If you have moved to another community and registered to vote there, you will need to re-register to vote. If you moved and did not register to vote in that community, you can call the Clerk's Office at 517-483-4133 or check your voter registration status by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.
You can still vote. You can either vote at the precinct location for your registered address or come to one of the City Clerk's Offices, located at 2500 S. Washington or 124 W. Michigan Ave, 9th Floor, and register at your new address.
If you move within the City of Lansing, a change of address should be made with the Clerk's Office, at a Secretary of State Branch Office, or by visiting ExpressSOS.com. If you have not completed a change of address prior to Election Day, you will not lose your right to vote. A voter registration form can be completed at the precinct to register at your new address for the next election.
If you move outside the City of Lansing, a change of address should be made at your new Local Clerk's Office, a Secretary of State Branch Office, or by visiting ExpressSOS.com.
Any name change due to marriage or legal action may be reported to the Clerk's Office or at the Secretary of State Branch Office. A person changing their name should re-register, but may vote under their former name.
We publicize hiring application dates as soon as they are confirmed. Open job postings may viewed at the link below. Applications are only accepted during the period of time that the opening is posted for.
The daily maximum rates for the City of Lansing Parking Lots and Ramps consist of the following:
North Grand Ramp: $1.50 per half hour/$15.00 daily maximum. $10.00 flat fee per entry per day on Saturday and Sunday. Fees are charged 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on weekends.
North Capitol Ramp: $1.25 per half hour/$2.50 per hour/$12.50 daily maximum. Fees are charged 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on weekends.
South Capitol Ramp: $1.25 per half hour/$2.50 per hour/$12.50 daily maximum. Fees are charged 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on weekends.
Lot #56: $10.00 - NOT in effect yet.
Lansing Center Lot: $10.00 flat fee per entry per day. The fees at the parking lots under and north of Lansing Center are enforced 5 a.m. to 11 p.m daily. A 24 hour parking permit lot is adjacent to Lansing Center. The lot is available to the public after 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on weekends.
The rest of the parking lots are permit parking only.
Yes. You must apply at the Parking Services Office for a permit to park in our surface lots overnight, due to the fact that not all of our lots have overnight parking. If you park overnight in the Lansing Center lots (located behind the Lansing Center), you will be fee invoiced in the morning for the daily rate. You may park overnight in our parking ramps, however, you will be responsible for the daily rate with a daily maximum. Your daily maximum will vary based upon your location. Please contact us at 517-483-4240 if you have any questions.
Turner Dodge Mansion is another area where an outdoor wedding can be held. For more information on Turner Dodge Mansion and grounds call 517-483-4220 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p..m.
A Lansing Police Officer will always inform you of the reason for the stop. Traffic violations are the most common reason for police stopping a vehicle. Examples of traffic violations include speeding, disregarding a traffic control device, improper or expired license plate or equipment violations. A criminal investigation may be another reason for being stopped. Your vehicle may match the description of a vehicle that has been involved in a crime.
At some point during the stop, the officer may ask you and/or passengers to exit the car. This request may be for safety or investigatory reasons. The courts have upheld an officer's right to make such a request. Please comply with this request. Police officer actions during a traffic stop are guided by the fact that many police officers are assaulted and killed each year during traffic stops. Our goal is to protect you and to ensure officer safety. If you are issued a citation and you disagree, please do not argue at the scene. You have the right to contest a citation before a judge or magistrate at a later time.
Police Commission InvestigatorBernard Brantley124 W Michigan Avenue4th Floor, City HallLansing, MI 48933Phone: 517-483-4002
Traffic Stop Brochure (PDF)
Permitting alarm users allows the Police Department to ensure that users have state licensed alarm companies and that the alarm systems were installed by professionals. The actual $25 fee does not even cover the amount of time the Community Service Officer spends monitoring the individual account. As all major Cities in Michigan either have been or are beginning to permit alarm users, Lansing is actually the only municipality to not require the permit to be renewed. The reason? We are not trying to make money. We are trying to stop expending the original resources. Basically, the alarm permit is an attempt to drastically reduce the number of false alarm responses. Since the ordinance went into effect, we have reduced our false alarm responses by 10%. This is the largest reduction ever in single year for Lansing. Your $25 permit fee is saving you several hundred tax dollars down the road that would have been spent in those alarm responses.
If you have motion sensors make sure there is nothing in the room that can move. Such as curtains by an open window or air/heat duct. Plants and balloons are other common culprits. With window and doors sensors, your windows and doors need to be properly maintained. If they are beginning to age and are getting loose or rattle in the wind, you are at a higher risk of false alarms. Check to see if you are "over alarmed." Meaning, you have more alarm components on your system than you need. If you are unsure, you can contact the Lansing Police Community Services Unit and have them come out and look at your system.
Make sure you have a service plan with your alarm company. If you are required to have the system inspected or equipment replaced, it can get very expensive. Make sure your alarm company has up to date contacts. This way if an alarm goes off and the alarm company is trying to contact a key holder to verify an alarm prior to sending the police, they can get a hold of someone quickly. Again, most false alarms are user error during entry or exit. This is a good way to prevent unnecessary police response.
You can be required to have your alarm system inspected after your 3rd false alarm. Police response can be terminated after your 5th false alarm.
There are three options: traffic advisories and press releases, Lansing Alert and CART Services. Go to the Public Service website at: lansingmi.gov/1427/Sign-Up-For. The listed newsletters have a provided definition of each option, as well as a link that will take you to where you may sign up.
• Sewer back-up or water in your basement• Cave-in or sinkhole in the street or right of way• Drainage issue • Erosion• Illicit discharge• Plugged catch basin or culvert• Water over the road• Sewer odorFor information regarding your bill contact the Lansing Board of Water and Light at: 517-702-6000.
The adjacent property owner is generally responsible for the maintenance and repair of the sidewalk. You may report the uneven sidewalk to the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4455. An inspector will be dispatched to see if an asphalt patch needs to be installed to temporarily smooth uneven sidewalk area in order to help prevent a trip hazard.
The City has a sidewalk replacement program that spans over many years as funding becomes available. To see if your sidewalk is scheduled for replacement, contact the Assistant City Engineer at (517) 483-4455. Be aware that when the City replaces sidewalk, the adjacent property owner may be responsible for paying an assessment for the replacement.
For additional information, contact the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4455.
Yes, a sidewalk permit is required and may be obtained from the Permits Office of the Public Service Department.
For additional information, call the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4455.
Citizens have 24 hours after snow stops falling to clear their sidewalks. If it has stopped snowing and you have a complaint, please submit a request using the Lansing Connect app or by calling the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4455 with the following information:
Your neighbor will be given notice to clear the sidewalk within 24 hours. If the sidewalk has not been cleared within this time, a violation may be issued. Disabled or low-income residents may qualify for snow removal assistance. Contact Cristo Rey with the Community Center at (517) 372-4700 for additional information.
The downtown sidewalks are maintained by Downtown Lansing, Inc. For downtown sidewalk removal, submit a request using the Lansing Connect app or call the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4455; for sidewalks adjacent to city parks, call (517) 483-4161.
If there is a fallen tree or branch on the sidewalk, please contact the Operations and Maintenance Division of the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4161.
Please be ready to provide the representative with the following information:
By City Ordinance, property owners are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks, including snow removal and the repair of the sidewalk.
To begin the process of a sidewalk repair by request, please call the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4455 and ask about our "owner-initiated" sidewalk repair program.
The City of Lansing rates its streets on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. The scale is broken down into "good," "fair," and "poor" categories, each with a recommended maintenance treatment. As shown in the table below, 258 miles out of our 414 network miles are rated poor or worse:
As shown on the graphic below, the average rating of the entire street system has been declining for years and currently sits at 4.14.
For reference, a system-wide rating of 7 is considered desirable.
After a street is newly reconstructed, it has a life expectancy of roughly 20 to 30 years. However, this life expectancy can be extended by performing preventive maintenance. Factors that contribute to pavement deterioration include: aging, freeze-thaw cycles, truck traffic and insufficient preventive maintenance. Freeze-thaw cycles happen when moisture enters tiny cracks in the pavement and then freezes. As the moisture freezes, it expands and further opens the cracks. As this process continues, eventually a pothole forms. This process is further explained in the graphic below:
As the pavement continues to age and deteriorate, additional preservation treatments can be implemented such as micro-surfacing, chip seals, thin overlays, milling, repaving and then ultimately reconstructing. These treatments, when applied in a timely manner, can greatly extend the life of a pavement.
As shown below, preservation treatments applied in a timely fashion can more than double the life expectancy of pavement.
Lansing’s street network has been underfunded for years, which in short answers the question. The effect of the long-term lack of funding is why our system is in such poor condition. In order to address the current condition of the system, annual funding needs to be over $25 million. The actual funding for street repair needs has averaged less than $4 million per year as shown on the following graph:
As the lack of funding of our streets continues, the cost to fix our street network continues to increase rapidly; growing from $100M in 2006 to $211M in 2016.
The primary source of funding comes from Act 51 – a gas and weight tax that gets paid at the fuel pump. Currently, Lansing is receiving approximately $11.9 million per year, and most of that is used for snow plowing, potholing, moving, and routine maintenance. Of that $11.9 million, only $2.4 million is used for street repairs. The reason for this is because the Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) provides between $1 to $1.5 million for rehabilitating major streets. The rest of the funding is generated from a general fund that's annual amount is assigned from the City's tax revenues. So, when the economy is poor like it has been in the past, there is isn't any allocation of money, which in turn means that there isn't any general fund allocations either.
In addition to this, the public safety and infrastructure millage generates approximately $1.95 million per year for operational and maintenance costs such including approximately $300,000 for paving local streets.
Act 51 primarily funds maintenance and a small amount of capital improvements. Historically, the City has had regular outside sources of funding for the street system for capital improvements. Because $25 million is needed and only $4.2 million is provided, there is a $20.8 million shortfall. In order to fix this, possible solutions include changes at the state level to the gas and weight tax as well as adding an additional special millage.
Here are a few ways that residents can get involved:
-Try using the 24 hour pothole hotline: (517) 483-4161.
-Contact your elected officials about supporting increased funding at the state and local levels.
-Make service requests directly to City officials by using Lansing Connect, a mobile and online service request system for the City of Lansing.
Submit a Service Request Online
Download the Lansing Connect Mobile Application
(Well, that's the technical definition. In other words, a sign is something you put outside to tell people something, with or without the use of words!)
Contact the City Clerk's Office at 517-483-4131 for further information on the requirements to become a "Licensed Sign Erector" in the City of Lansing or visit the Clerks Licensing Information page.
In the case of mobile temporary signs, the required deposit may be forfeited if the signs use violates the terms of the permit in addition to the sign being confiscated by the City.
Access to your City government is just a click away with Lansing Connect, a mobile and online service request system for the City of Lansing. Lansing Connect allows residents to identify non-emergency issues and report those service requests directly to the City officials. Residents can upload a photo or video of the concern and mark the geographic location on a map. Each request can then be tracked for follow up information. If you have an emergency, always call 9-1-1. The Mayor's Office is also available to assist you at 517-483-4141.
Please visit the link below to pay a bill or ticket online.
Please visit the Department of Human Resources website for available jobs.
Click here for contact information for Mayor Andy Schor's Office.
Proof may be submitted directly to the court or certified by a police officer on the reverse side of the ticket. If you have an officer sign the back of your ticket it still remains your responsibility to submit that ticket to the court within 14 calendar days. Your ticket will not be dismissed by the court but the fines and costs will be waived.