After the city council’s attempt to implement an income tax was rejected by voters, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows told the Lansing State Journal the city may close the family “aquatic center” it operates (a swimming pool with a water park-type slide).

According to city records, operating the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center cost the city $351,187 from 2014 to 2017. Should a city that says it can’t balance its books without raising taxes really be in the water park business?

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