Letters to the Editor

Infrastructure tax

October 21, 2008


To the editor:

There has been much discussion, both pro and con, about Questions 2 and 3 on the ballot in next month's election that will determine the future of the T. What I haven't seen is a comparable amount of discussion regarding Question 1 to provide a 0.3 percent sales tax increase to be spent on improving our streets and infrastructure, updating our fire trucks and replacing the 1930s-era storm water pump and piping at Fifth and Maple in North Lawrence.

The North Lawrence Drainage Study completed in 2005 at the City Commission's request identified the replacement of the pump at that location as the No. 1 priority to alleviate flooding in North Lawrence. The current pipe serving that pump is one 9-inch pipe that carries the water to the Kansas River. The drainage study recommends replacing that pipe with two 40-inch pipes. This project will alleviate flooding, standing water in yards and ditches and discourage rampant mosquito population.

The total sales tax increase for all three questions is 0.55 percent increasing our current sales tax rate from 7.3 percent to 7.85 percent for a period of 10 years. A sales tax oversight committee will be appointed to monitor and audit the use of this tax money to be sure it's spent on the items it was approved for by voters.

I urge everyone to vote "yes" on all three questions on Nov. 4. Vote to keep Lawrence a great place to live.

Ted Boyle,


Ragingbear 9 years, 5 months ago

Because we all know how effective city created Committees do...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 5 months ago

Unlike the vote for public transit on issues 2 and 3, in which a "no" vote will mean the complete dismantling of public transit, the prospects for none of the projects on the list for the infrastructure tax will be damaged if the city commission is forced to find a better way to fund them, although that may delay their start date. Issue #1 essentially gives the city commission a blank check for whatever they want beyond the current list of "infrastructure" wants and needs.

imastinker 9 years, 5 months ago

I can't vote on the ballot, but you can bet that I'll vote with my money. I shop frequently at building supply stores and grocery stores in Lawrence, and half a percent is enough for me to change my habits.

middleofdirtroad 9 years, 5 months ago

Yes it is a con,they will still,like in the past just forget about the North Lawrence drainage and waste it on ,like round-abouts or something pretty for downtown.I have lived in North Lawrence for over 30 years now and have heard this before,if the city gets some more money we will improve the drinage-HA! never happend TED,you just speaking out your rear end!!!!!Why hurt the elderly and the disabled for something the city should have taken care of with the money they have wasted on a bunch of things,hiking trails?Round abouts again?West Lawrence street improvements,when the ones on the north side are in worse shape?Enforcing city codes,no signs on city right of way or poles?No more than two garage sales a year?No junk cars or trucks left parked in your yard?No parking in your yard?Weeds and brush over 12 inches high?Dicthes never cleaned out?No curbs up here in on most streets.The list goes on ,on with what your city has just overlooked thru the years!!!!Why bother they think, nobody who would live in North Lawrence cares.What are all those city inspectors doing now that the housing industry has just quit?Why keep paying them?Why pay a commish that does nothing,and they gave themselves a raise-WHY?Our tax dollar at work Ted,wake up,all the North Lawrence Ass. does is have pot luck dinners anyway,never anything to help improve this part of town!!!!So Vote NO on all three,the people that live and do shop here need to stand up and do what is right!!!!!!!!!Lawrence needs help,but more taxes are not the answer,can the T,NO to taxes!!!!!!!Sorry Ted but you need to do your job,and should have started before this week!!!Clean up North Lawrence,make the city do their job first ,then maybe ask for the taxes!!!!The city has known about the drinage problems for years,and never acted ,now blowing more smoke,just to get your vote!!!!!!Nothing will ever change!!!!!!!!

middleofdirtroad 9 years, 5 months ago

One more thing,or a couple or more?Watch the city take this tax increase,and they will most likly get it,and let the Pines build thier industrial park,before they,the city improves the drinage issue,and where does that little creek drain to,right back into North lawrence,smooth move HUH TED???Put more money in the golf course at Clinton lake,good investment,did that instead of improving the city?What are you thinking,a vote for any of this is wrong,you cannot trust the city at this time,they will just waste your dollars on more foolish things..Firetrucks are probably needed,why did they not do this as time went bye? Like one at a time,why wait until they need a whole new fleet,they buildt new very fancy fire houses,where did that money come from?Big time waste,and now asking for more,if you vote yes,then do all your shopping in Lawrence and pay your dues,the yes folks can afford to go out of town to shop,and probably do.Ask them where they spend their money?In Lawrence,they complain that there is nowhere to shop here.Vote NO,a vote for these is just wrong,Please think before you leap,the creek may be shallow!!!!!!

workinghard 9 years, 5 months ago

My property taxes in North Lawrence went up this year quite a bit, again, unlike other parts of Lawrence. How about using those taxes to do the work North Lawrence needs. I'm sick of paying taxes that go to other parts of Lawrence.

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