Archive for Friday, July 7, 2006

City budget proposal unveiled today

City manager proposes increasing taxes for street maintenance

July 7, 2006, 10:44 a.m. Updated July 7, 2006, 3:46 p.m.


Better streets will require higher property taxes and higher fees, according to a budget being recommended by Interim City Manager David Corliss.

Corliss this afternoon presented a 2007 recommended budget that calls for increasing property taxes by 0.98 of a mill, raising the franchise fees that every electric, telephone and cable customer in the city pays, and delaying some new park projects. But the budget also increases the amount of money the city would be able to spend on street maintenance by about $2 million.

The extra attention to infrastructure, though, will require a tax increase, Corliss said. The nearly one mill increase likely would cost the owner of a typical Lawrence home about $50 to $70 more per year in city property taxes. That's because in addition to the mill levy increase, most Lawrence homes are expected to rise in value by 5 percent to 7 percent, which also will increase the amount of taxes residents will owe. A mill is one dollar in property tax for every $1,000 of assessed value.

In addition to the property tax increase, Corliss is recommending an increase in the city's utility franchise fees that would increase a person's electric, phone and cable bills by a total of 5.75 percent per month.

City commissioners will discuss the budget throughout July and are expected to give it final approval in early August.

The budget is posted on the city's Web site at

For more on the story, tune into 6News tonight at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and pick up a copy of tomorrow's Journal-World.


Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 11 months ago

yah more taxes this will help people to decide to stay here.

KsTwister 11 years, 11 months ago

Want to see more of your money? Don't live in Lawrence, Kansas. Property tax increases regularly every year if not every 6 months. Foolish expenditures of your tax dollars on folly so they keep doing this with increases on what you like to have. They removed $200,000 from the road and street allotments in 2002, where did it go? Roundabouts estimated at $280,000 each of which a part is paid by KDOT (where other taxes you paid reside). No desire by major companies to locate here.If you like what you see here---you can have a very high price.

Jay_Z 11 years, 11 months ago

This will give the Kommission more money to waste....yippee!!! An extra $2 million for I'm guessing they'll use that for about 6 or 7 more roundabouts?

monkeyhawk 11 years, 11 months ago

Where do they talk about what they are cutting back on? When my budget is dwindling, I have to cut something out since I do not have a cash cow to milk.

Did we pay for a study to determine how to suck more out of the taxpayers pockets? Did they leave anything on the table?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 11 months ago

Yea, it sucks that being alive costs money. I guess we could all just commit mass suicide-- that'd cut expenses.

Godot 11 years, 11 months ago

Let us make this perfectly clear. The current revenues MUST be used for infrasctructure. PERIOD. There is no other reason for the city to be collecting taxes other than to provide BASIC SERVICES.

I cannot find words strong enough to say how outraged I am that Corliss would propose that taxes be increased TO PAY FOR BASIC SERVICES!!!!!

Revise the budget. Pay for infrastructure upkeep and improvements, police, fire, uttilities, existing parks, existing library, first. Then take into account raises for employees, and employee benefits, and see if you can meet those costs with the current revenue. If you can't, then find ways to cut costs; if you have money left over, then allocate it to requests from outside agencies.

If you need money for the outside agencies, then put it to the taxpayers in the form of a request for a sales tax increase. DO NOT fund the luxuries first, and then say there is no money left over for the basics, and arbitrarily impose a property tax increase.


By the way, Corliss, property values in Lawrence will not increase 5 to 10 per cent next year. Look at the number of properties available for sale in Lawrence. You have a one year supply of properties available now. Prices are not going to increase the way you promise. Do NOT add insult to injury by basing your projections on a pipe dream.


Sigmund 11 years, 11 months ago

Most people wouldn't begrudge the Kommission a dime IF they would put the SLT, firework and smoking bans to a vote of the people. The problem with all neo-facist progressives is that they ignore the will of the majority of the citizens they are suppose to serve in their single minded attempt to defy basic economic realities and blindly pursue their philosphical fantasy world, and they can use the police power of the state to force us to pay for their lunacy.

The good news is that Lawrencians are slowly but surely waking up to what a group of stuck in the 60's (sometimes 1860's) insufferable fools the PLC Kommissioners really are. When most Lawrencians say "All Hail Lennon and Marx", they mean John and Grocho, not Vladimir and Karl.

KsTwister 11 years, 11 months ago

Well, that spin won't work. People know how proud they USED to be of this town. Now they can't wait to get to the polls which come April will prove a very important point. I think all commissioners should come up for election at the very same time so we can't stop taking 20 years to get rid of each and every one. Roads suck but if they would not be so stupid as to get involved in lawsuits they cannot win that $3 million would help this town.

Godot 11 years, 11 months ago

Down with the PLC! Vote the beggars out!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 11 months ago

"I cannot find words strong enough to say how outraged I am"

If you couldn't be outraged, (and express it here) you'd cease to exist.

damnocracy 11 years, 11 months ago

We need Boogie to hold another Dada, or was that Dumb-Dumb(???), day!!!

Sigmund 11 years, 11 months ago

Reality_Check makes a very good point. If you feel comfortable speaking in public, please attend the meetings and speak. If you feel most comfortable talking one-on-one, you can try and reach them at home. If you feel most persuasive by written communication a email may be most appropriate.

Mayor - Mike Amyx (2009) Home (785) 843-3089 Work (785) 842-9425

Vice-Mayor - Sue Hack (2009) Home (785) 842-6608

Commissioner - Boog Highberger (2007) Home (785) 843-0995

Commissioner - Mike Rundle (2007) Home (785) 841-7817

Commissioner - David Schauner (2007) Home (785) 842-7459

Sigmund 11 years, 11 months ago

Oh, and don't believe for a minute that they do not read these comments on a regular basis. They are political animals and are not immune to sticking their finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing., especially as their terms get closer to ending. Here is hoping that the three Kommissioners who came in together, leave together.

Sigmund 11 years, 11 months ago

As for myself, I have no illusions that I can change the PLC's mind, so I would rather post here and hope to change several thousand voters minds. Electronic forums are the 21st century soap box and the give and take of the regular and irregular posters here helps others to form their own postition and opinions.

KsTwister 11 years, 11 months ago

Oh, you can write to them........they just won't respond because truth hurts. Good Luck. Out of all the years of letters and pleading---I got "1" answer to the letters. And that one hedged the issue at hand. Like Sigmund you will do better to get the truth out and get the voters lined up.

Godot 11 years, 11 months ago

I have written to the commissioners, and mostly I have gotten no response, not even a "thank you for your input," from this group. One time a couple of years ago I received an argumentative response from Dunfield explaining why I was wrong and why he wasn't going to take my views into consideration.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 11 months ago

"One time a couple of years ago I received an argumentative response"

I wonder who started that tone-- there's certainly no indication from your posts here that your letter might have been argumentative (sarcasm alert.)

sittinthefence 11 years, 11 months ago

Did anyone notice the increase in the budget for the City manager? Now $296,395 Proposed $573,983

What's up with this? Why do we need 4 more people next year to do the same job as this year? Property taxes raised, utility costs raised for that?

Outraged is a mild word compared to what I am feeling after reading over the budget proposal.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 11 months ago

"What's up with this? Why do we need 4 more people next year to do the same job as this year? "

Good question, and we should get answers. My guess is that they will be expected to more than "the same job last year," including better oversight so that problems like the one with the sewers in NW don't reoccur.

common_cents 11 years, 11 months ago

Speaking of oversight... where is the oversight for the Commission?

New parks when we need streets repaired.

Historical preservation of old houses, when we need basic services.

Huge lawsuit they couldn't win when we need streets repaired.

40 million for a new library, when we need basic services (I don't conder a NEW library basic services, I consider the OLD library basic services)

I could go on and on (and I usually do) - but the basic pattern is SPEND MORE ON CRAP THAT MAKES US FEEL GOOD, tax later for basic services.

Time to go... anyone know the procedure for a recall vote or impeachment of the Commisioners? (both county and city)

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