Lansing is a well-kept secret, but city officials need to spread the word about their community, the mayor said.

Lansing is a well-kept secret, but city officials need to spread the word about their community, the mayor said.

“Lansing is a great place,” Mike Smith said.

The mayor spoke Friday during the Lansing Power Lunch, which served as a way for city officials to show their appreciation to local businesses.

“You folks make the city,” Smith told local business representatives.

The city’s annual business appreciation luncheon previously was called Salads & Solutions.

Smith said city officials are working aggressively to recruit additional businesses to Lansing.

Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall said he hopes city officials will have good news to announce later this year.

“Our staff works very hard on economic development projects,” Vandall said.

Smith reviewed various infrastructure projects that have been completed or are in the works.

One of the projects he reviewed is the planned improvement of DeSoto Road. The project has an estimated cost of $6 million, but the city has more than $2 million in grant money for the project.

According to information provided Friday, the project may be completed in two phases, with construction taking place in 2018 and 2019.

The mayor provided other information about the city including an upcoming sales tax election.

City officials are asking voters in Lansing to approve a sales tax increase that would raise Lansing’s overall sales tax rate from 8.5 to 8.95 percent.

Smith said this would generate an estimated $330,000 in additional tax revenue each year. He said the additional money can be used for things such as DeSoto Road and improvements to Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park.

Mail ballots will be used for the May 18 sales tax election.

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