Lansing Township, which lies within Ingham County, has generated a majority of its revenue from property taxes paid by residents and business in the area since 2015.
According to the 2016 Municipal Finance Summary, Lansing Township had a total of $14,753,216 to allocate throughout all departments in the community.
Michigan State University economics professor Ronald Fisher, who has reviewed Lansing Township’s expenditures before, says the expenditures shows a large portion of a loan that needs to be paid back.
“From what I see, the township has a high fraction in debt which is larger than normal,” Fisher said. “This one is a special case. The township has a high amount of economic activity.”
Deputy Treasurer of Lansing Township Matthew J. McClintic said after the taxes are paid, the taxes are distributed throughout the community, which is located in patches throughout the Greater Lansing area.
“The Treasury Department collects the taxes from residents and local businesses and we’re responsible for distributing that money,” McClintic said. “The money is distributed to Lansing Schools or Waverly School District, Lansing Community College and Ingham Intermediate School District.”
Lansing Township collects both a summer and winter tax. Summer taxes are collected July through September and winter taxes are collected December through February. McClintic added that on average, each home in Lansing Township pays $1,000 for their property tax.
Leo C. Rodgers,the township treasurer, added that the money is also put towards the township’s police department and fire department.
Chief of Police at Lansing Township Police Department Adam Kline, who joined the force in November of 2016, said the department uses much of the money towards the department’s personnel costs such as the seven traditional black and white police cars, uniforms, weapons and funds for the building.
“The police department provides 24-hour protection for residents in the township. Right now, we have a total of 15 sworn officers including me,” Kline said. “The officers we have for shifts depends on the day. The day shifts are usually pretty steady and weekend can sometimes be busier with higher frequency in violent nature.”
Lansing Township Fire Chief Todd Hendy, who has been with Lansing Township Fire Department Station 52 for 22 years, said they have 16 firefighters on staff.
“We buy equipment like AEDs and cardiac monitors for the department,” Hendy said.