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August 18, 2011

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To the editor:

First of all, our governor did not order the closing of the SRS office in Lawrence. Never suggested it. He ordered “administrative cuts” be made and, rather than cutting a few high-paying administrative jobs or cut some out-of-town “educational seminars,” the SRS administration decided to close the office.

That said, the “Give back” letter by Jim McCrary (Public Forum, Aug. 16) made a very valid point but only offered one solution to the $300,000 per year SRS building lease. The landlord (a Lawrence resident) should lower the cost. Great suggestion, Jim. I think it would be very patriotic and the Christian thing to do (if they are either of those).

About the “deal” made to keep our SRS office open, we all know how the local governments are going to come up with the money for their “deal”: raise more taxes. How about shopping around for a building taxpayers are already paying for? Do we have any recently closed school buildings available? Let’s see, you get ample parking, a reception area, plenty of office and meeting rooms, it is probably wired for computer access, larger “play area” for the kids, and even access to a kitchen where they could serve meals or have a food pantry.

So who owns the empty school buildings in Douglas County? I think it is the taxpayers. Do we as taxpayers ever have a say in these properties we paid for?

I say the local elected officials should shop around. Is this “deal” the best they could come up with? Seriously!

Comments

somebodynew 3 years, 4 months ago

First of all, if you believe Sed-licky (or anyone else in this Administration) did anything without your govenor's approval you are naive.

That being said you bring up some good points, but you leave out one important point. The idea of taking over a closed school really deserves a close look, since we are now on the hook to keep the office open as long as Sham is in office. I would take some glee if we could move out from that particular landlord as I am sure he will not think about giving a break on the outlandish rent. (Even though he has gotten his fair share of breaks from both the City and County over the years.)

The one thing you, and other similar posters, have not addressed is that it will take $$$ to move the SRS office anywhere and it will take time to plan it. Now, I seriously hope someone is planning that right now so that we are prepared for when this "deal" runs out. But you must keep in mind, even if we get a building for free (not likely) there will be a great expense getting the building ready and actually moving. It would be savings overall, but don't neglect the upfront costs.

Sprinkles 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm all for it being a volunteer effort, I would love to help out in return for the vocational rehabilitation money I have received from the SRS to go back to school.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 4 months ago

There have been numerous, did I say numerous comments about how the governor closed the Lawrence SRS office as a payback for Lawrence's support of Democrats. If the numbers you just provided are accurate, maybe that's the reason he closed it. Or maybe he did close it because of our voting record here. Or maybe it was a combination of both. Or maybe there was another reason. Or maybe it was a combination of these two ideas and a combination of those other, untold reasons. Maybe.

Kookamooka 3 years, 4 months ago

Good suggestion about re purposing a closed school. Save the taxpayers money and thwart the evil ambition of the money grubbing land LORD.

GardenMomma 3 years, 4 months ago

What is the square footage of the current SRS buildings? I believe there are two buildings.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 4 months ago

"First of all, our governor did not order the closing of the SRS office in Lawrence. Never suggested it. "

Wanna buy a bridge?

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 4 months ago

Why should the landowner be forced to take a hit on his rental prices? It's easy to sit in your armchair without owning any property and tell other people how to handle their investments. Would you be willing to cut your income by the same amount you suggest the property owner cut his rent?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 4 months ago

There is time to consider this thinking which makes dollars and sense!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 4 months ago

Who owns enough property that would be willing to take 50% less?

jayhawxrok 3 years, 4 months ago

Best answer, fire all Brownback's cronies he hired in at high salaries, continue with business as usual.

tbaker 3 years, 4 months ago

Local government always works best. Put the matter on the ballot. Let the people whose taxes will pay for it make the call.

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