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Archive for Thursday, July 13, 2006

City commissioners want to hold tax rate steady

Budget cuts to be considered

July 13, 2006

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A majority of city commissioners said they are still looking for a way to keep the city's property tax rate steady, despite a recommendation from interim City Manager David Corliss that it be increased by a mill.

Following a study session to review the budget this morning, Mayor Mike Amyx and Commissioners David Schauner and Mike Rundle said they were still not ready to commit to a mill levy increase to fund city operations in 2007.

The other two commissioners - Boog Highberger and Sue Hack - expressed less optimism in being able to find acceptable ways to cut the city budget to avoid a mill levy increase.

A mill is one dollar in property tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value that a person owns.

Corliss recommended the mill levy increase in large part to help fund approximately $2 million in addition street maintenance in 2007. All of the commissioners have been supportive of adding money to the city budget to fund additional street maintenance.

Commissioners did not get into detail about where they may cut the budget in order to keep the mill levy stable. Instead, they said they would have that conversation at their next study session, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday at Fire Station No. 5, 1911 Stewart Ave.

Comments

conservative 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm all in favor of lower taxes, but infrastructure must be maintained. I'm not real familiar with the city's budget, but doubt they'll be able to squeeze 2 million out of it without hitting other things that shouldn't be sacrificed either.

I'll be glad if they avoid the increase, but I'm willing to pay it if they actually start taking care of the roads like they should.

craigers 8 years, 5 months ago

I mind. No offense, but it never seems like the powers at be follow a budget. A budget is to be followed, not just looked at and then increase the taxes if it doesn't look like they will meet it. That is not good financial planning.

classclown 8 years, 5 months ago

I scrolled back up to look at the date, but it doesn't say April 1st.

KsTwister 8 years, 5 months ago

Just a few more. Eliminate the 42k salary for the Lawrence,Inc Administrator -that what city managers are for. 50k for homeless services(which may prove hopeless as more move here from Colorado-see new immigrant laws for Colorado) Eliminate $20k per downtown building for sprinkler systems. Eliminate 90k per year for downtown flower budget Downsize the Recreation Fund, with authorized expenditures of $3,378,792 Eliminate the The Special Gas Tax Fund with authorized expenditures of $2,866,371 because it is not being used to improve streets and curbs anyway.

KsTwister 8 years, 5 months ago

And because it is probably a real embarrassment---what is being paid out for the "art sculptures" around town?

usaschools 8 years, 5 months ago

Here are some suggestions: More parking meters at public facilities on the WEST side of town. There are plenty of meters downtown, near the pool, the library, the post office and everywhere else. Put some meters out west. Another proposal - charge a 1/2 cent sales tax at every non-locally owned and/or big-box business. Exempt locally owned and operated businesses. Tax pornography sold in lawrence.

Property owners should not shoulder the burden of a tax that benefits everyone. The cost needs to be distributed in some fair way.

Property owners should not bear the burden

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