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On City commissioners working to set maximum amount for 2014 budget as funding requests continue to roll in

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't think we should export tax dollars to Germany. The chamber of commerce should raise this money from the business community and private citizens.

I also don't think we should spend $30k to market lawrence to retirees. Instead, lets market the city to recent high tech grads.

I'd like the city manager to be replaced. We need new leadership breaking from the Buford Watson / Mike Wilgen / David Corliss keep Lawrence a small town. We need 21 st century thinking here...not 1950s thinking.

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 5 months ago

If I were a retiree looking for a city to locate to, I might choose a city less willing to use my tax dollars irresponsibly. $10k for an opera festival held in a different continent? Tell me again how that benefits Lawrence directly?

TheBigW 1 year, 5 months ago

Hey Robert Walzel, dean of the KU School of Music. If you think it is such a great idea to send "$10,000 to be given as a gift to Lawrence’s sister city of Eutin, Germany. The $10,000 would serve as sponsorship of Eutin’s open-air opera festival, Eutiner Festspiele." Then write a check out of a bank account with only your name on it!

That is Lawrence leadership material right there, close down and run off one of the largest music festivals in Lawrence, and then send 10K of tax dollar to another country to fund their music festival, yea a real economic boost to the Lawrence area....

jimmyjms 1 year, 5 months ago

No the Eutin, no to the exceedingly stupid marketing campaign.

jhawkinsf 1 year, 5 months ago

Won't you look foolish (again) when your "done deal" doesn't get done at all.

LawrenceVeteran 1 year, 5 months ago

I think its funny that the city can throw money literally down the drain, and yet complain that they have no funds for the security upgrade they need for the new Kansas gun laws. But hey, who cares about people Constitutional Rights, we have pointless items to waste money on.

gr 1 year, 5 months ago

"which also marks the last feasible chance for residents to argue to have a new program or spending item added to the budget. "

Well, there's the problem!

But then again, maybe it's a sign of a fully recovered economy and there's so much excess money they have to ask people what to do with it all!

"A request for nearly $14,000 in additional funding for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department."

Sorry, no can do. We are getting a new library.

A $50,000 request for additional funding for the Lawrence Public Library.

Sorry, no can do. We are getting a new library. Oh wait. What?! So we desperately need a new library and this will be so great. But then there's more funding needed to go along with it. But that is current funding after it's been put in limp mode, but we can expect much much more funding to be "needed" in the future. When do we just say "No!"?

$200,000 or more to provide security personnel to staff metal detectors at City Hall, Municipal Court and other city-owned buildings.

Sorry, no can do. We are getting a new library.

$57,000 to fund an increase for the Lawrence Humane Society.

Sorry, no can do. We are getting a new library. $57K Increase? Guess the Humane society isn't self-funding. Maybe it's time to look at the economics of it.

$30,000 to provide funding for a marketing campaign to attract retirees to the city.

Sorry, no can do. We are getting a new library. And why? Is it because the out of control spending is running everyone else out of town?

$10,000 to be given as a gift to Lawrence’s sister city of Eutin, Germany.

Ummmm. Remember to vote early and vote often.

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