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August 25, 2011

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To the editor:

I say “NO” to special taxing districts. The companies will eventually more than make up for the expenses that are created when they build any establishment. The city population should not be required to help them maintain a zero balance at a quicker rate. Every business should take on an equal percentage for success or failure.

I will not shop at those special taxing districts. I believe Lawrence citizens should help prove a point against this type of incentive by letting the city commissioners know we don’t approve of special tax areas and we should refuse to do business at locations that have the special tax incentive. Putting up signs after giving special benefits isn’t the answer. NOT giving them in the first place is.

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Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 4 months ago

It's to late to say "NO" to special taxing districts, because they're already here.

Since they're already here, putting up signs alerting customers that they will be charged an extra tax at those locations is the only thing that can be done.

It's possible that if very visible warning signs are required there will be enough customers that will vote with their dollars to put an end to the practice of special taxing districts.

I live literally across the street from one of them, and I would very much like to go to a couple of the business establishments there. But, I refuse to cross the street because of the extra tax that is charged there.

If enough people would do that, it wouldn't be very profitable to open a business there.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 4 months ago

The fact that merchants and government officials refuse to mandate that these taxes be revealed obviously is unacceptable and corrupt. Tax dollar handouts = giving a business a leg up over any other retailers or any type of business in a community. Yes corruption at its finest and we locals are the suckers.

Any type of tax incentive = "a special taxing district"

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) ,tax abatement,tax rebate,tax dollar supported parking, etc etc etc = taxpayers somehow make up for the loss in tax dollar revenue. Making up the loss could come in a back door fashion: 1. increase in water rate 2. increase in trash rate 3. increase in sewage rate 4. increase in cost of swimming 5. increase in property taxes 6. cut back on services 7. lay off workers 8. Transportation tax

I doubt if we know all of the tricks.

Governments have many avenues in which to create revenue to cover tax dollar handouts to the tax dollar moochers. It is said that tax dollar handouts are worth $137,000,000(million) to the corp empire of Cabela's.

How many ways and what's the impact? http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/2008/commonthreads/115777.shtml Here’s what happens.

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans

Kim Gouge 3 years, 4 months ago

So where are the special taxing districts in Lawrence?

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Bauer Farms and the Oread Inn are the only places allowed to charge an extra "tax" as far as I know.

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