To the editor:
Treanor Architects wants to move their offices into downtown Lawrence and wants the Lawrence taxpayers to help pay for the move.
The Public Incentives Review Committee believes this is a benefit to the community. What are the benefits? Moving 60 employees from the west side of Lawrence to downtown is not a benefit. Taking 50 public parking spaces when there already is a parking shortage is not a benefit. If they move, what will happen to the two buildings they already occupy? Two more vacant offices on the west side. That is not a benefit!
Per the Journal-World article, there appears to be no benefit to Lawrence, just potential loss of future revenue.
The three taxing entities — city, county and school district — are all in dire financial need. School closings, infrastructure repair, layoffs, home foreclosures all forecast a downward financial spiral. The taxing bodies should be looking for areas to generate revenue, not give it away.
If Treanor really wants to move downtown, they will!