June 19, 2013 |
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"City hopes challenge to Census Bureau will add 2,400 to Lawrence’s population total"
If a challenge is all it takes to increase population ... Could the City be specific and challenge to add 2,400 of them rich retirees?
City is desperate to justify jobs in the Planning Department.
The city might actually be justified in this. The state made it really easy for students to fill out the census by making it available online. The federal census was done with the traditional forms and only available at certain times at each dorm/hall/apartment. They didn't just stick the forms in our mailboxes like every other resident. There may have also been discrepancies if students were included in their parents' census form. Since most students spend the majority of the time at their school residence, the census bureau does not want students included with their parents unless they live there full time (i.e. no dorm or apartment). The university did not do a good job of providing information for students on how to complete the census. Most of us were only children in 2000 and had basically no idea.
Students are part time population which are gone 3-4 months at a time. Which can quickly reduce the Lawrence real population to about 68,000.
The city may well be wanting to justify more pork barrel spending that further expands taxpayer liability. Like a $100,000, 000 sewage treatment plant. The fewer people living in Lawrence the more it will cost we existing taxpayers for a new sewage treatment plant that a large portion of us will never be connected. I don't want a new NOT necessary 100 million $$$$$ sewage treatment plant coming out of my wallet.
Or they may want to further bloat the retail market which again produces economic displacement not economic growth which can become a tax increase to make up for lost tax dollar revenue.
As long as Sam Brownback is governor fewer people will relocate to Kansas and more will relocate away from Kansas. Sam Brownback = higher taxes for all communities which means higher user fees to make up for tax dollar losses created by Sam Brownback.
It does seem to me that city hall has adopted supply side economics which is borrow borrow borrow spend spend spend = tax $$$$$$ increases.
Tax increasing growth has been rightly blamed for many things: destroying green space, increasing air and water pollution, fracturing our neighborhoods ,closing neighborhood schools and ignoring the taxpayers desire for a walking/cycling friendly community.
But there is one consequence that usually goes unmentioned. Developers and their tax increasing business unfriendly growth plans are draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes.
Higher city taxes/user fees is the direct result of over 30 years of subsidies paid for by the local taxpayers. These range from the obvious to the obscure and include big projects-like the billions we spend on new roads, water/sewer lines,traffic lights as well as the quite generous ones like the wide variety of tax incentives that support local developers in their quest to further over build Lawrence,Kansas.
The Lawrence Downtown family retail experience is an endangered species thus business unfriendly.
We've subsidized tax increasing growth at such a basic level for so long, that many taxpayers believe without it Lawrence will die. This is false-what we think of as a level playing field is tilted steeply in favor of business unfriendly tax increasing development.
The Census Bureau will not do any recounting for the 2010 Census. The only population adjustment it will make is if there were coding errors or boundary mistakes. A better bet at this point is to challenge the yearly population estimates from the Census Bureau. If more housing units are found, then the Census Bureau will adjust population counts based on that.
Let's get it started again from the top:
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