The East Lansing City Council votes tonight on a proposed budget that could give residents some short-term relief from tax hikes.
The $64-million spending plan for 2013 includes a one-mill property tax increase for library operations and asks voters to approve a similar measure in November for fiscal year 2014.
Mayor Pro-Tem Nathan Triplett says the millages could temporarily bring years of belt-tightening to an end.
"We can begin to seriously look at stabilizing the city's budget, not necessarily going through this year-to-year process of trying to cut things back to accommodate declining values," he says.
Triplett says future deficits would be "very manageable" if voters approve the November millage.