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Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

In Lawrence there are areas of rentals that are neglected homes meaning no maintenance to speak of if the exterior upkeep is any indication.

People who have walked away from their homes could likely be victims of repub home loan scams that which not only reduced the market value of the home but also cost the homeowners their employment. The icing on the cake would be the reduced market value of the home becoming far less than the mortgage.

Property values are a concern to all live in property owners no matter their wealth.

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing homeowners many many $$ trillions in market value losses plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

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Karl_Hungus 1 year, 2 months ago

$30 per unit per year...huh, that comes out to $2.50 a month, what do you want to bet that landlords will jack up rent another $20-$50 per month citing this licensing garbage

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Matthew Herbert 1 year, 2 months ago

"No one wants to live in a city where your housing stock is blighted" - Scott Criqui.

Scott (and all of the commissioners who think this way), for every run down rental property you show me, I will show you TWO run down owner-occupied properties. You can't fix "blighted" with rental inspections. Will these rental inspections require exteriors to be "properly" painted? Will they require properties to be "properly" landscaped? Perhaps instead of visually "blighted", you mean economically "blighted". In which case, lets talk about the REAL culprit in the economic blight of properties - rampant foreclosures. NOTHING drags your re-sale value down like having your neighbors house sell in short sale for half what you believe your home to be worth. Since rental properties are by their very nature income producing properties, foreclosed properties tend to be owner-occupied, non-rental properties. I also don't want to live in a city where my housing stock is blighted which is why I'd like people to start taking responsibility for their debts and paying their mortgages. I don't blame landlords for my inability to sell my house for what it is worth. I blame my owner-occupied neighbors who walked out leaving the bank to take their property and turn around and sell it for pennies on the dollar. Scott (and commissioners who think like that), you have identified a problem to which you have promptly created a solution that doesn't actually solve.

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League of Women Voters Lawrence/Douglas County 1 year, 2 months ago

The League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County asked the following questions of all the candidates. If you'd like to view/download there answers, you can visit our website: lawrenceleague.com and click on Elections.

Why do you want to be a city commissioner?

What unique qualities and/or skillsets do you bring to the table that you feel have been missing from previous city commissions?

In what area of city government do feel you would excel, and why?

What area of city government do you feel you know least about?

How much time do you envision being a city commissioner will take on a weekly basis and how will you be able to handle that, along with your regular employment?

What are your thoughts about changing the way we elect city commissioners from at-large to five geographic areas (such as wards). What do you see as the pros and/or cons of switching to such a system?

Would you support funding an interconnected shared use path system emphasizing routing through riparian and wooded urban natural areas where possible? If so, how would you suggest funding it?

Do you have concerns about Gov. Brownback's new budget and how that might impact the city? If so, do you envision cuts would have to be made in the city budget? If so, where?

Hot Button Issue: Given everything you know at this point in time, share your thoughts and concerns, if any, on financing Rock Chalk Park with $25 million in sales tax.

The League of Women Voters does not support a sales tax on food and groceries. Do you? Why or why not?

Best guess: How many city commission meetings have you attended last year?

Have you ever testified before the city commission on any issue(s)? If so, what issue(s)?

What do you know about your local League of Women Voters and how can we help you be a great city commissioner, if elected?

Tell us a secret about yourself.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

There are nearly 21,000 rental units in Lawrence ,Kansas which is 58% of total occupied housing units. At $25.00 per unit that more than pays for itself plus maybe two more inspectors. $25.00 per unit is much lower than other college towns and other cities in general. Iowa City is $167.00

Of course many elected officials and other powers that be own rental properties = conflict of interest as an elected official.

Other nearby cities with licensing programs are Lenexa, Overland Park, Roeland Park, Prairie Village, Westwood, Merriam, Leawood and Kansas City.

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roadwarrior 1 year, 2 months ago

Amyx said he was concerned about the expense the program would add to the city budget, and he said he wanted to better understand why the city’s current system of responding to complaints from tenants wasn’t adequate.

Amen.

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roadwarrior 1 year, 2 months ago

Most cities with healthy curb side recycling programs alternate trash days with recycling days which does not increase the cost of trash collection services. It's really quite simple. Also, yes, the city should avail itself of payment for recycled goods and reduce the cost of collection for consumers when that profit is realized.

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grandpaD 1 year, 2 months ago

I will watch how every one of the candidates vote on the rental registration. A yes vote for the proposal on your part will be a no vote for me and as many of my friends that I can talk to before election day

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 2 months ago

If cardboard,glass,mand plastics are so valuable why aren't residents being paid to put the stuff out?

copper, old ac's , refridgerators, aluminum, for example get taken away for free?

City Commission is playing the public as fools, to create another fee!

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