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Letters to the Editor

Too much

October 27, 2010

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To the editor:

As I was told, in Lawrence 8.1 percent of the population is seniors, and there are 5.6 percent unemployed. Neither of these groups can stand a tax increase, and let’s not forget those who have a job and got their hours cut. There are four recreation centers, a swimming pool, arts center, golf course and library that get approximately $4 million in tax dollars each year just to keep their doors open. Of that, $3 million goes to the library.

If the library vote passes, your taxes will go up! Those in favor say it is not much. That is what the city, county and school board say when they want to raise taxes.

Some will say we are planning for the future. The future for those who cannot afford a tax increase is making the house payment this month or buying groceries. Common sense has to play a part in this!

“No” to the library vote.

Scott Henderson,

Lawrence

Comments

1029 4 years, 4 months ago

Right on, dude. Libraries are just not cool.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

With increased numbers of houses you have increased demand on services, and historically the funding of revenues generated by residential housing does not pay for the services they require from a municipality, such as infrastructure expenses, needed to serve new housing developments.

So I say let's stop building new houses and more neighborhoods in favor of the badly needed rehab of our city library. Basically the library has been neglected over the years. It's time to fix it. The library rehab can keep people working for awhile on a necessary existing resource. It is the job of the city to maintain and upgrade its' existing resources.... we're on track.

VOTE YES!

justforfun 4 years, 4 months ago

VOTE NONONONONONONONONONONONO!!!!!!!!!!!!

notajayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

"It is the job of the city to maintain and upgrade its' existing resources"

Have they done anything recently to update the fallout shelters and air raid sirens?

Gedanken 4 years, 4 months ago

You are right about one thing. The current plan will upgrade the current library.

Unfortunately, I believe the plan will increase operating expenses significantly over the long term. I have experience running and maintaining large computer labs such as the one proposed. It is expensive!

You complain about expansion of Lawrence causing detrimental effects when there isn't enough resources to properly maintain everything. The library expansion is of the same category.

We are going to build a bigger library and it is going to be more costly to run. The amount budgeted will NOT be enough to cover the expenses. I can say that for sure with regards to the computers. The mentioned savings costs with regards to HVAC are just smoke and mirrors. We won't know how much the improvements will save until it is done. The models they use to make those predictions make lots of assumptions about usage, etc. It may not even save a dime.

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 4 months ago

Merrill hates old people (other than himself) and the unemployed.

notajayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

You meant "... and the unemployed (other than himself)", didn't you?

Stephen Roberts 4 years, 4 months ago

I say he city & county should raise taxs on Merrill's house!!!!!!!!!!! Since he he supports raising taxes for the library, he pay pay for everyone who does not support the tax increase!!!!!!

Come on Merrill, put up time!!!!

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 4 months ago

He only puts about $1800 into the property tax coffers...

Ken Garner 4 years, 4 months ago

Although I totally agree with you commuter, I get nervous when I read stuttering garb, in the ljw.

Abdu Omar 4 years, 4 months ago

Prudence always asks: 'Is it the right time?' Now is not the right time to increase taxes for anything. We are broken and we need to get fixed, then we can spend on libraries or anything of the public good. Be patient, Library, your time will come! But not now!

George Lippencott 4 years, 4 months ago

"merrill (anonymous) says… With increased numbers of houses you have increased demand on services, and historically the funding of revenues generated by residential housing does not pay for the services they require from a municipality, such as infrastructure expenses, needed to serve new housing developments."

Do you have some proof for this repeated statement

CLARKKENT 4 years, 4 months ago

VOTE NO. A YES VOTE WILL ONLY BUILD A PARKING GARAGE TO THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL.

monkeyhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

Since street maintenance is part of the basic function of local government, it is rather surprising that a special tax needed to be passed to fix them, and they are still crap. Is there some certain force in our city that is preventing the streets from being repaired properly? Why couldn't the city be sued for dereliction of duty? I know there are some lawyer types out there with good insight.

Chris Ogle 4 years, 4 months ago

Now is not the time to raise taxes. Vote NO

WHY 4 years, 4 months ago

Because the stupid kids want new stuff but won't chip in their share.

d_prowess 4 years, 4 months ago

Those schools could be uses for the meeting or computer space the library says it desperately needs, which would then allow for more children's space at the library. Done... all three issues addressed!

budwhysir 4 years, 4 months ago

FYI..... did you know that every empty school building in the city of Lawrence has a library in it???

mr_right_wing 4 years, 4 months ago

As far as government goes...city...county...state or federal; there's always room for one more straw on the camel's back! Come on....ONE more straw; it's like...nothing! Just ONE more!

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