Taxes tempered

Thanks to city officials for trimming the proposed property tax increase.

July 14, 2011


Lawrence taxpayers owe a “thank you” to Lawrence city commissioners and staff members who listened to their concerns and reduced the city’s mill-levy increase from 2.8 mills to a more moderate 1.88 mills.

Late Tuesday afternoon, City Manager David Corliss came up with proposed budget cuts that were approved by city commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night. Key among those cuts were decisions to delay the purchase of a $750,000 hazardous materials vehicle for the fire department and to cut $200,000 from the city’s parks and recreation budget. These are not pleasant cuts but they are a prudent move for this year, during which taxpayers already have agreed to a 1.7-mill levy increase to fund an addition to the Lawrence Public Library.

Corliss warned that the cuts might prevent the city from undertaking new projects such as a new recreation center in northwest Lawrence and acquisition of the Santa Fe Depot in east Lawrence. Those are desirable projects but not an essential part of providing city services.

Mayor Aron Cromwell expressed optimism that funding still would be found for the depot and other projects. We also hope that is the case — if not this year, then soon. For this year, however, city officials deserve credit for recognizing that the current economy calls for austerity in both public and private spending.


kansasredlegs 6 years, 11 months ago

Where is the coverage of Mr. Corliss' comment about taking the sales tax money earmarked specifically for infrastructure / streets and using it to fill the line item he zeroed out? In other words, the City always provides funds out of the General Fund for infrastructure, but his year it was reduced to Zero, then the "kicker" sales tax approved by voters is all we get this year.

Shame on you Commissioners and Mr. Corliss. This certainly is not the spirit and intent of what the voters approved when it agreed to the sales tax to "boost" our infrastructure expenditures.

nativeson 6 years, 11 months ago

This is an unfortunate move to get an acceptable mill levy increase versus making real cuts to the budget. The commission is not facing the fact that increases in compensation and benefits is outstripping any growth in revenue. Over the next few years, the City will need to face up to a budget that does not fit the revenue stream.

Jim Eckler 6 years, 11 months ago

when did we allow them to raise the tax to pay for the library,I did not?????????

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

If you voted at all on the issue, you either voted for or against the library expansion.

The explanation of the issue included an explanation of how the expansion would be funded.

If, of course, you didn't vote at all on the question, you voluntarily gave up your right to affect the outcome of the vote.

Centerville 6 years, 11 months ago

"to delay the purchase of a $750,000 hazardous materials vehicle for the fire department" Good thing that stupid light bulb bill is being reversed. Gives us another year before those mercury vapor bulbs become mandatory.

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