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On City approves budget with slight property tax increase, great hopes of improving economy in 2014

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oneeye_wilbur 9 months, 1 week ago

Mr farmer and other commissioners, where do you propose I get the revenue needed to pay more in taxes?

Lawrence is not friendly to residents. If the economy is so improving, why is an increase in property taxes needed?

Sidewalks? Where are those to be replaced?

Mr farmer, the city has done a derelict job at 14th and Tennessee , it was never finished. Mayor Dever can't get the job done, maybe Mr Riordan who lives nearby can and you mr farmer who knows full well by now what CDBG funds can be used for, but are not!

Face it! Lawrence is a ghetto east of Kasold. Fixing old house and registration is not the answer if the doesn't keep it's end of the bargain.

Downtown isn't even that nice, get off Mass and go to the backside of bldgs.

The parking lots are trashy. The shrubbery and trees are overgrown. And those lots are the front door of businesses.

Instead the commission spends more and more on fluff and studies. How can any commisioners in good faith spend money on a study to attract retirees. How? You should be ashamed.

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Steve Jacob 9 months, 1 week ago

2014 might bring 5-6% 30 year mortgages and $4+ gas, that will slow a hot economy.

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FB 9 months, 1 week ago

The State of Kansas is going to have a big deficit to correct due to allowing some not to be taxes on income. Many legislators will probably benefit from this as well. I am sure they voted in their best interests, not ours.

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FB 9 months, 1 week ago

The director at the humane society received a larger salary than her predecessor. Government/City/Nonprofit organizations seem to do pretty well getting increases in wages over the last few years while the economy has limped along. There is only so much that can be squeezed out of the taxpayers before the well runs dry.

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FB 9 months, 1 week ago

The only increase is that people will move away from Lawrence!

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FB 9 months, 1 week ago

This town sure gives a green light to building apartments...just carte a blanche!

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FB 9 months, 1 week ago

Isn't it supposed to be the other way around that if the economy is improving why do taxes need to be increased. In other words, more money should come in from their so called improved economy. By the way, I didn't know the city hires fortunetellers. This city is spending money like water. That sports complex will become a money pit for the taxpayers of this city.

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Ladybug2 9 months, 1 week ago

I agree that the City shouldn't be taking on the mortgage of the Community shelter. It seems as though the shelter just keeps asking for more and more at the expense of the working tax payers.

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cheeseburger 9 months, 1 week ago

Anyone else believe the Corliss experiment has run its course and it's time for a change in city leadership?

Basing budgets on whims and feelings instead of reality is dangerous practice.

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Jean Robart 9 months, 1 week ago

What did they vote regarding Just Food? I didn't see that anywhere in the article--which i read three times to be sure.

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Tomato 9 months, 1 week ago

Couldn't afford that extra $30,000 for the Humane Society because the Library needed $140,000 to "help it expand." 18M just wasn't enough help.

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Dave Trabert 9 months, 1 week ago

The headline says there is a "slight" property tax increase but the story says spending is going up 6%. Taxpayers deserve to be told how much actual tax collections will increase; the mill rate is only a small part of the story.

Property taxes increased 134% in Douglas County between 1997 and 2012 while the mill rate only increased 18%. Local government needs to be honest about the amount that taxes will increase as a result of their spending decisions.

Historical info on property taxes by county (including all jurisdictions within a county) are at http://www.kansasopengov.org/PropertyTax/PropertyTaxSummary/tabid/1573/Default.aspx?County=Douglas

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rlsd 9 months, 1 week ago

While I am thrilled to hear the economy is going to improve, I do not believe it and my BUDGET will not count on it until it is a reality instead of a pie in the sky to allow spending money that is not in the bank!!!!! Sure wish I could!

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Pheps 9 months, 1 week ago

How can the economy improve if businesses are shunned away from Lawrence by a majority of local residents?

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KU_cynic 9 months, 1 week ago

In the long-run Lawrence's economic fundamentals will no doubt improve, but . . .

I don't see much improvement for home prices in the next year, as there's too much supply, no indications of population increase to drive demand, and a lot of competition from the over-supplied rental market; at least renters will have more disposable income to spend as rents are likely to be suppressed for many years. Mortgage rates are also going back up, hurting housing affordability.

Also, KU spending and salaries will increase only moderately, and enrollments of students are flat. The rest of the government employee sector (school district, city, county) may grow some, but that's just take from Peter to pay Paul growth that can't be sustained without private sector income growth.

Utility bills (electricity, water and sewer, trash collection, etc.) are going up. So are health care costs. Disposable incomes that fuel discretionary spending and sales tax revenues can't be expected to increase much.

In short, I don't see how the city of Lawrence can bet on the come with regard to growth in the tax base.

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 1 week ago

Approving a budget based on rumors that the economy will improve significantly is like playing Wall Street. Increasing taxes based on the same rumor is risky business X 2.

I see nor hear anything of the sort. Topeka,Kansas and Washington D.C. are still pulling tax dollars aka money from the economy. Wall Street banks are still having fun with taxpayer bailout money in the form of bonus packages...... NOT putting this money into the economy.

Wall Street activity should never be used as an indicator. Housing prices should never be used as an indicator. New housing starts should never be used as an indicator.

The one and only indicator should be the report that 10 million UNEMPLOYED workers are back to work making no less than $75,000 a year. That is nowhere in sight.

Another indicator could be that IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer insurance has been implemented for that would definitely stimulate new business opportunity..

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Matthew Herbert 9 months, 1 week ago

What did they decide re: the $10,000 to Eutin for a music festival?

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no_thanks 9 months, 1 week ago

A mortgage against the building. Damn autocorrect.

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no_thanks 9 months, 1 week ago

Why would the City take on the debt of the shelter? This is not the purpose of City Hall. Will they file a mortgage against the buying? Will the City take action in the event of default? My guess is no. Family Promise continues to help the homeless without tipping the public fund spigot. Why can't the shelter?

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ljreader 9 months, 1 week ago

"Slight" increase in property taxes- Slight increase in electricity- not even the slightest increase in hours or wages., nor the slightest interest in retiring here, that alone encouraging others to spend their retirement here. In fact, for those of us who want out, it will be a miracle to sell our houses without being hung out to dry.

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oneeye_wilbur 9 months, 1 week ago

So who pays the insurance on the truck? Repairs? Replacement of the truck? Retirees are not coming to Lawtence!

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