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November 18, 1998

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Every year the property assessor comes around and measures your property. Why do they have to do that? There is a certified legal description that can be obtained from a surveyor. Can't they use that information instead of wasting time and money measuring again?

State law requires property to be measured at least once every four years, Douglas County administrator Craig Weinaug said. The county agrees it's busy work and would like to see the Kansas Legislature change the law, but for now, employees in appraiser Marion Johnson's office must comply, Weinaug said. A bill has been proposed to change the legal requirement to once every six years, Weinaug said. The county sometimes measures more than once every four years if there is a reason to do so, such as an addition or the property owners questioning the county's measurements, the administrator said.

Now that the school bond issue has passed, how soon will Woodlawn School get its new library and improvements to the windows?

A new library at Woodlawn School and new windows to the school was one of the main components of the school bond issue, which Lawrence school district voters overwhelming approved Nov. 3.

The addition, renovation and installation of windows and roof repairs is estimated at $1,000,000.

According to the district booklet on the bond issue, "We will schedule renovations and repairs to existing facilities in a manner that causes the least disruption to the educational environment. Most of that work we expect to complete during the summer months of 1999 and 2000."

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