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Letters to the Editor

Modest plan

October 26, 2010

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To the editor:

“Americans for Prosperity,” a well-funded national group, has bought a big ad our paper telling us not to vote for improving our public library.

Pay no attention! The plan to improve library services, which are free for everyone in Douglas County, is modest, reasonable and includes a very much needed parking garage.

The average price for a house in Lawrence is $200,000. The 1.5-mill levy for the library and parking expansion will cost that homeowner just $2.88 a month or $34.50 a year. That is less than a penny a day for essential educational services for everyone and parking too.

Vote “yes” for the library.

Barbara Duke,

Lawrence

Comments

Practicality 4 years, 2 months ago

My goodness Barbara, you think just like the Douglas County Commissioners.

"For the price of one starbucks cup of coffee a month . . . . . ."

I am already paying for 1000 cups a month. Enough already! Make do with what is already there will ya.

Kash_Encarri 4 years, 2 months ago

"I am already paying for 1000 cups a month."

I hope some of that is decaf!!

Vote NO on this measure.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

"The 1.5-mill levy for the library and parking expansion will cost that homeowner just $2.88 a month or $34.50 a year. That is less than a penny a day for essential educational services for everyone and parking too."

Too bad those "essential educational services" didn't include math classes. It's 9-1/2 pennies per day, Barbara.

There is nothing "essential" about a library anymore. There is very, very little I could get at that library that I can't get sitting right here in front of this keyboard. I spent a lot of time in libraries as a child, looking up information for school assignments and such. And on the way home I'd bring in the milk from the box on the porch where the milkman had left it, and put my little brother's diapers out there for the diaper man to pick up the next day.

Times change. You can get most of the Library of Congress right on your hand-held phone from anywhere in the world.

No parking required.

alfie 4 years, 2 months ago

the big reason tied to the parking garage is for the Eldridge expansion that is coming. taxpayers will not support private business for profit anymore

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

Where does the Eldridge park its valet parking service? Do they use private parking in the 600 block of Vermont and Mass for its valet parking for residents in the hotel?

Aside from that, other patrons of its restaurant, etc., use the public parking that every other business downtown uses, and customers of those businesses will have the same access to a new parking garage that the patrons of the Eldridge do. So the notion that this parking garage will be for the exclusive use of the Eldridge is just wrong.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 2 months ago

the average cost of a home here is $200k?!? no freaking wonder I can't afford one, I'm paying for new libraries, roundabouts to nowhere, and high school football fields.

We have roads from point A-B, football can be played in a field, and we already have a library. Lets just make due with what we've got for awhile, until our our coffers are full enough to give ourselves a gift like this.

labmonkey 4 years, 2 months ago

Essential? How is the current library not providing these "essential" services? Vote no on any new tax.

hail2oldku 4 years, 2 months ago

"The plan to improve library services, which are free for everyone in Douglas County, is modest, reasonable"

Yet, only the citizens of Lawrence are being asked to pay for it.

"and includes a very much needed parking garage."

Needed by who? There are two other parking garages downtown that are rarely, if ever, at capacity.

Sorry Babs, but I will be voting NO. I'm just disappointed this isn't Chicago so I could vote NO multiple times.

hail2oldku 4 years, 2 months ago

Oh, and since when is 18 million dollars modest????

no_thanks 4 years, 2 months ago

The current property tax levy for the library is 3.259 mills, which provided $3,060,000 in funding for 2009 (an incredibly high operating budget for a library that size). Based on a $200,000 home value assessment this equates to $74.96. The incremental tax increase of 1.5 mills adds another $34.50, so the total is now $109.46. Point being the library is not free to all as you stated. Now, $109 is not a great sum of money individually, but collectively it becomes a rather significant sum. In the final analysis this is about tradeoffs. Should individual property owner's bear more of the expense of a resource that is frankly decaying in relevance (see ), or are their higher priorities for such an investment (namely education and improving infrastructure)?

mr_right_wing 4 years, 2 months ago

What is the point of even arguing with these (supporters) people??

They are financial pre-adolescents who cannot wait regardless of what the climate is now.

They want it now and they're going to throw a tantrum until they get it.

I (proudly) already voted NO. I hope you're financially mature & responsible and will do the same.

"Who ever said life is fair?"

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

Be glad voters are being allowed to decide! It's their library and their money!

VOTE YES!

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