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Letters to the Editor

‘No’ to tax levy

July 7, 2010

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To the editor:

The school board wants to raise the mill levy because they need more money to operate. Go back and read the May 17 Journal-World. According to that article, the school board in 2008 allocated $18 million in work for athletic stadiums and fields at both high schools. Because of an inequity between the two high schools’ sports facilities, a new press box will be added to the Lawrence High stadium. The school board created the inequity when they accepted the donation for improvements to Free State’s sports fields. Vanessa Sanburn was opposed to spending more because many of the elementary schools were in need of repair.

How can the school board spend tax dollars this way and ask for more? The economy is stagnant and more people are out of work. The paper is full of foreclosures and bankruptcies. Taxpayers are not running out of money, THEY ARE OUT OF MONEY.

Funding athletics over building repair shows where the school board’s priorities are. The emphasis needs to be on education, not sports. “No” to a mill levy increase by the school board.

Scott Henderson,

Lawrence

Comments

jafs 3 years, 9 months ago

Actually all of their income comes from taxpayers - who else is there?

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stash 3 years, 9 months ago

When is the next School Board election?

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commuter 3 years, 9 months ago

grammaddy - To my knowledge athletes & celebrities are not paid the majority of their income from taxpayers.

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izzybear 3 years, 9 months ago

i love my kids enough that i don't give a hoot about sports sorry i want them to be smart i want them to make something for themselves. they do that in the classroom not on the field.and people need to stop short changeing what the teachers make cause i will tell you what i sure as crap can not teach my kids what they need to know. that's why they go to scool. here's something else everyone needs to remember we don't send our kids to school to "play ball" we send them to learn how to read ,write,spell,do math. so i say no to the taxes i don't want to pay for more sports crap.

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Machiavelli_mania 3 years, 9 months ago

No tax levy. Just auction off the arena. And make the parent's pay ten times more to see their children play sports.

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stash 3 years, 9 months ago

from LJW

November 25, 2008

Judge lifts restraining order, allows LHS construction to go forward The Lawrence school board signed off on moving forward with purchasing turf for baseball fields at both Lawrence High and Free State High at its meeting Monday night.

The presentation of the $2.1 million dollar project that covers buying and installing the turf on both fields came after a court lifted a restraining order on some work at LHS. But District Judge Michael Malone’s action Monday did not stop the civil lawsuit filed by neighbors of LHS.

“The (restraining) order really governs the project at LHS,” said Superintendent Randy Weseman. “With the lawsuit, it’s complicated our efforts and we’re getting late in the year. We’re moving into winter. This whole thing got slowed down.”

Now, he said, the administrators will begin presenting packages like the one on Monday to continue the efforts at both outdoor athletic field sites.

“The only thing standing out there is this litigation,” Weseman said. “What you’ll see now is us coming forward with packages and participating in the approaching litigation.”

The approval for the baseball field turf needed to be done to make sure the fields are ready for the start of the teams’ spring season.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 3 years, 9 months ago

Think of the impact on your family's budget when you combine this tax increase with the proposed 20-year property tax increase for a new library. Then pile on the recent 1% statewide sales tax increase. Throw all of that on top of the two 2008 sales tax increases which bankrolled the emp-T. Then add on the third 2008 sales tax increase which supposedly funded road improvements.

No way.

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OonlyBonly 3 years, 9 months ago

The school board's actions demonstrate how out of touch with reality these people really are.

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Chris Ogle 3 years, 9 months ago

"Taxpayers are not running out of money, THEY ARE OUT OF MONEY."

============================================= I buy that message...... wait a minute.... I can't buy anything, I'm broke due to taxes.

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commuter 3 years, 9 months ago

The school board is wanting to increase taxes, while they cut the pay of the administration group at the district headquarters. makes a whole lotta of sense doesn't it?? Before too many people go crazy about only the heavly paid administrators taking a pay cut, I was told by someone who works there, that all employees there took a pay cut. That would include admin, computer techs etc. Too bad none of the teachers took a pay cut.

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