Lansing-East Lansing Metro Region Fiscal Scorecard
July 9, 2012
The Lansing-East Lansing metro region is home to 77 general-purpose local governments including cities, townships, villages and counties. These entities provide a variety of public services such as police and fire protection, courts and prosecutors, recreation and cultural services, public works and many other items that affect us on a daily basis. Collectively, these governments' core functions represent a $500 million enterprise.
The metro region was compared to four other peer metro regions including Canton, Ohio, Ogden, Utah, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Des Moines, Iowa. The city of Lansing, being the core city, its economic and fiscal health is of critical importance to the whole region. The city government was benchmarked against 22 similar cities from across the country. The results serve as a baseline from which the city can continually assess its own cost and value performance against peer governments.