Letters to the Editor

Taxpayer input

May 19, 2008


To the editor:

This is in response to the May 16 letter regarding neighborhood input.

Neighborhoods should have substantial input in all city/county decisions because the neighborhoods are loaded with voting taxpayers. Elected officials are working for these voter/taxpayers, not the other way around.

Older neighborhoods have been paying taxes for 50 years and more, yet their streets and sidewalks are ignored as new streets and walks get built. What happened to this maintenance fund that should be accommodating the older neighborhoods? It is not the neighborhoods that have chosen to allow existing infrastructure to be ignored.

It is not the neighborhoods who chose not to use economic impact studies to determine what growth is working and what is not. Economic impact studies determine what projects will generate new economic growth instead of economic displacement. Economic impact studies could determine what is necessary to legitimately bring property taxes in line to a more acceptable annual increase of 4 percent.

Many times it is the neighborhoods that remind government officials about zoning regulation violations or that growth plans are possibly being violated.

If the city cannot afford the T, how in the world can Lawrence justify spending substantially more tax dollars supporting thousands of empT cars running around town wearing down the infrastructure. Public transportation is part of the solution to traffic congestion, clean air and creating less demand for more roads. Public transportation, bike trails, and excellent sidewalks throughout Lawrence are a team effort.

Richard Heckler,


Richard Heckler 10 years ago

Public bus transportation, bikes, trains and excellent sidewalks make it easier for communters and out of town travelers to get around.

monkeyhawk 10 years ago

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KsTwister 10 years ago

DUH ! Its the "real use" to "cost" ratio that is tearing the budget up. If they downsize to match the real need then how stupid is that?

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years ago

Heckler calls for annual property tax increases of 4%. Why? Getting comfortable with the wacky notion that government can and should take more from us every year is dangerous - and that some people have come to accept it as inevitable or even good is depressing. Government needs less of our money - not more.I'm calling for a property tax decrease of 4% every year until local government can prove itself a good steward of our tax dollars.

monkeyhawk 10 years ago

Ok, let's try this ...........merrill reminds me of Steve Martin in "The Jerk" when the new phone book comes out.Zat betta??

Flap Doodle 10 years ago

This was also posted on larryville. Some people just can't get enough attention.

KS 10 years ago

Bowhunter --you gotta paraphrase your comment so the LJW won't bleep you. I really want to hear what you have to say. Generally speaking you are right on and no doubt on this one as well. Maybe the LJW just wanted edit a little free speech here. :)

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