Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, and voters in East Lansing will decide whether to add a citywide income tax.
The main goal is to pay down about $200 million in long-term debt mainly stemming from legacy costs, which include employee retirement benefits.
Michigan State University has lobbied against the ballot proposal in East Lansing. A group of university students, business owners and income tax critics also oppose it.
Only about a third of all states in the U.S., plus the District of Columbia, allow local income taxes.