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Archive for Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Enough already

July 27, 2005

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To the editor:

When our elected officials want money for projects, taxes usually get raised. When sales taxes are raised, you make a choice to buy or not. There is no choice with property taxes. With sales tax revenue going down, raising property taxes is guaranteed revenue. Voters passed both school bonds. Now the school board wants to raise property taxes. K-12 education is getting very expensive.

Why is so much time, land and building space devoted to teaching leisure-time activities in schools? The May 28 Saturday Column asked, "Who will say 'enough is enough' spending on college sports?" I am asking the same question about sports at junior high and high school levels. We have track fields and tennis courts at junior highs, with at least 11 sports-related activities at the high-school level.

My second question is why our county commissioners want a new building constructed, speculating that a bioscience company might be interested and hire staff for the project. Property taxes will again be raised. By increasing the tax burden, low-income families and seniors with fixed incomes will be choosing between food, medicine and paying higher property taxes to keep their home. Elected officials need to understand that people are running out of money. Speak out or they won't understand that you have a problem.

Scott Henderson,

Lawrence

Comments

absolutelyridiculous 9 years, 5 months ago

AMEN!!!! And in yesterday's paper, there was talk of building trails and a walking bridge over the Kansas river. The good folks of Lawrence are complaining that we need more ballfields too! AND what about the monster of a fire station they are building on 19th and Iowa. Whoa! What ever happened to a Morton building? Enough already!!!! I'm taxed out people! Thinking about moving? You bet! Someday, we'll tax people right out of town!

Bruce Bertsch 9 years, 5 months ago

That's right...lets not raise taxes to educate a workforce. We can get by at being number 46 in aid to education. Of course, no businesses are going to move here, but hey, our taxes will be low. Toyota just decided to build a new plant in Ontario rather than Alabama. Why? Lack of an educated workforce (Alabama is one of 4 states with worse education funding than Kansas) and healthcare was less expensive (Canada has national healthcare so none of the costs are incurred by the employer). Funny...property taxes weren't a concern. Oh, and all those jobs created in Canada won't affect the cost of care to the Govt, either.

kansaskev61 9 years, 5 months ago

A Liberal Community=High Taxation!
That's the cost of living in the "People's Republic of Douglas County"

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