Letters to the Editor

Out of control

December 11, 2011

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To the editor:

The Journal-World reported that Paula Gilcrest said that many appraisals would go down due to the poor sales on houses, but that’s not true. Real estate taxes went up in our area. Our appraisal went up by $5,000, and our neighbor’s appraisal went up by $6,000, and therefore our taxes went up accordingly, not down. We didn’t add anything to our house, and there weren’t sales to warrant that increase.

Spend money on $15 million gyms for west Lawrence and a $19 million library while some are being taxed out of their homes and schools are closing. The federal government finally gives seniors their COLAs but then charges them more of Medicare, so now I’m getting less this year than last. All government spending is out of control, at the federal and local levels. Foreclosures do not produce more taxes, but mob rule. 

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henryjonese 3 years, 7 months ago

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FlintlockRifle 3 years, 7 months ago

Yes our taxes also went up , guess the new SHRUB" I planted was to much improvement

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 7 months ago

The person who wrote this letter apparently considers the dollar to have a constant value, consistent with G.A.A.P. That is simply not the case, due to inflation. So, even though a home, piece of real estate, or any other item will not have acquired any more actual value, its price measured in dollars will have increased.

That's not a justification, it's more of an excuse.

P.S. This might make you feel better: The dollars that you pay your property taxes with are worth less also.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

There is one consequence that usually goes unmentioned by the local media,city hall and elected officials - local profiteers are draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes.

NOT necessary city growth is the result of over several decades of subsidies paid for by the local taxpayer. These range from the obvious to the obscure and include big projects-like the billions we spend on new roads as well as smaller ones-like the tax-breaks that encourage businesses to move to the edge of town and KILL downtown.

We've subsidized local profiteers at such a basic level for so long, that many people believe the status quo is actually fair and neutral. This is false-what we think of as a level playing field is tilted steeply in favor of local profiteers driving development.

How we subsidize profiteers:

  • building new and wider roads
  • building schools on the fringe
  • extending sewer and water lines to not necessary development
  • extending emergency services to the fringe
  • direct pay-outs to developers - for example developers of the new building at 9th and New Hampshire are demanding taxpayers furnish their tenants with parking spaces built with our tax dollars. Why should we taxpayers pick up that tab?

Why would a bank approve a loan if a project had no parking for it's tenants?

There is one consequence that usually goes unmentioned by the local media,city hall and elected officials - local profiteers are draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes.

Which may well explain the increase in taxes. The city keeps expanding its' bills with no way to pay for the new streets,waterlines,sewer lines, the new $100 million sewage treatment plant,new annexation etc etc etc.

The only way to pay for these not necessary NEW ADDITIONS to the infrastructure is to keep taxing the same people over and over and over for expenditures that which are NOT PAYING BACK the city. And may never pay back for 10 years or more if ever.

There is one consequence that usually goes unmentioned by the local media,city hall and elected officials - local profiteers are draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes. Courtesy of our elected officials who cannot/will not say NO!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

The T expenses were put to a vote = justified The $19 million library expenses were put to a vote = justified

The 15 million dollar NOT NECESSARY gym will NOT be put to a vote = NOT JUSTIFIED.

Street repair money put to a vote = not justified - because that money should be in the budget annually without a tax increase before taking on the expense of NEW STREETS. Are we not expected to maintain our existing resources?

The 15 million dollar NOT NECESSARY gym will not be put to a vote = not justified.

Could this $15 million be spent smarter in a fashion that more of Lawrence would benefit? Of course:

  1. hire more inspectors in order to enforce existing regulations thus reducing violations of existing codes and regulations. No more turning blind eyes!
  2. Take up the Mike Myers new idea of a "river trail"
  3. put more revenue into providing safe passage at night for our women walkers and bikers
  4. fix sidewalks all over town
  5. Convert Tennessee and Kentucky into "urban bikeways" by widening walks on one side of each street. Promotes clean travel.

Abdu Omar 3 years, 7 months ago

This is certainly a misnomer. The "appraisal" done by the county isn't a market appraisal, it is a tax appraisal. When you sell or buy a home for a mortgage, the mortgage company or bank appraises the house to determine its market value which leads the lender to know that his loan is a good risk. But the county appraises it to determine its value for taxation. There is no science to that appraisal. They appraise it for what they think it is worth to charge you X amount of taxes on it according to the tax millage.

It would be better if they called it a tax assessment instead of an appraisal. It then would be an assessed value instead of an appraisal. This method of nomenclature is used in most states because the market appraisal and assessed value are two different things.

Jimo 3 years, 7 months ago

"The federal government finally gives seniors their COLAs but then charges them more of Medicare."

You might even be so bold to say that retirement isn't a profit-making enterprise!

What will you do when the GOP gets its way and (A) you don't even get the "overly generous" full cost of living adjustment to SS, and (B) Medicare is abolished for the young and, in response, the young stop voting to keep Medicare going for you too? (It's not like young people can afford to double-pay: once saving privately for themselves and again paying publicly for you.) I dare say that if Tea gets its way, you'll look back someday on this letter with misty-eyed nostalgia for how much better things once were and guilt that you didn't appreciate how good you had it back then.

I didn't vote for this new library or other stuff either but the majority did. Where else but the property-rich do you expect them to find money?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

Adding more and more bedrooms to Lawrence,Kansas is following the same concept that brought the USA economy to its' knees. Still in Lawrence it is business as usual which in fact can play a part is taking the economy down yet further.

This town is over loaded with plenty of vacancies and homes on the market. Do property owners understand that in a depressed market more new bedrooms will only deplete the value of existing property.

Lawrence City Commission is obviously seen as easy prey. Tell the city commission just about anything and they will say yes!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

Simply because the city/county determines ones home is worth x amount of dollars does not make it so. Can this home be sold in today's market for the city/county value?

Is this value determined by who knows what means actual market value?

Or is this a means to increase taxes through the back door?

Abdu Omar 3 years, 7 months ago

You didn't read my post above Merrill. What you think is right is right.

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