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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

mr_right_wing 3 years, 5 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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budwhysir 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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TinkyWinky 3 years, 5 months ago

Eh oh Patrons,

Instead of spending more money on a dubious project look for alternatives first.

Take for example Kennedy and New York Elementary schools. The district wants to close one of them, why not enter into a use agreement with the library to make one of those facilities available for community use. (Recycle) They meed the square footage requirements, have parking, playground for kids, and minimal redesign and remodeling required.

KU library, enter a co-use agreement with the city for residents to use this facility.

No more property taxes!

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obamarocks 3 years, 5 months ago

Why do so many people on this forum hate kids?

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Chris Ogle 3 years, 5 months ago

Now is not the time to raise taxes. Vote NO

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Eybea Opiner 3 years, 5 months ago

When, and not before, Lawrence can construct and maintain its streets, we can expand the library.

Vote NO!

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CLARKKENT 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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George Lippencott 3 years, 5 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

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Abdu Omar 3 years, 5 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!

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commuter 3 years, 5 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!!!!

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 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!

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1029 3 years, 5 months ago

Right on, dude. Libraries are just not cool.

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