Letters to the Editor

Revenue limits

May 25, 2011

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To the editor:

Lawrence taxpayers struggle weekly with the increased costs of fuel and groceries, adjusting their budgets to meet the constant changes. The city chooses a different path. Instead of making budgetary adjustments to meet “basic” services requests, its answer is to raise more revenue. As our citizens become more conscientious in conserving water and energy, the city’s response is to raise tax rates and fees. We put off or eliminate items in our budgets to care for our “basics.”

The city has to acknowledge that property values have fallen significantly and are not likely to rebound soon. Only recently has Lawrence come to accept the loss of significant sales tax revenue to other areas and that it lags woefully behind other communities in wages. In order to accommodate the legitimate needs of the “basic” services essential to Lawrence, the city needs to reduce expenditures elsewhere and not follow the KU example of deferring maintenance and asking for the money later or just raising tuition again.

The city should require each and every line item request for funding be justified and supported by evidence of need. The truth is that this economy has not made great strides forward and with the current disasters, natural and man-made, is not likely to soon. The city should learn to live within its means like the rest of us. Raising taxes and fees to keep things going as “normal” is the wrong answer.

Comments

LogicMan 4 years, 1 month ago

Periodic reviews of what we do in public government, private business, and personal matters are wise. For example, asking "could we make do without ..." doing this program, making this purchase, etc., is necessary. But also testing whether doing more, not less, makes sense too. As does adjusting with the times, including in this period of economic weakness, with likely increased stagflation coming our way.

Chris Ogle 4 years, 1 month ago

The city should learn to live within its means like the rest of us.

What a great idea!!!!!!! But ...... this is Lawrence, and we simply don't think that way.

Kirk Larson 4 years, 1 month ago

The city should learn to live within its means like the rest of us.

That's actually pretty funny since most homes and business are in debt up to their eyeballs.

SinoHawk 4 years, 1 month ago

Not in nearly as much debt as the municipalities are. What do you think bonds are?

Kirk Larson 4 years, 1 month ago

What do you think mortgages, car loans, credit cards, student loans, etc, are?

Lindsey Buscher 4 years, 1 month ago

"...the city’s response is to raise tax rates and fees."

You got some examples or evidence of this?

Sounds like typical conservitard whining while lacking substance.

jafs 4 years, 1 month ago

The city is currently considering, and will almost certainly raise water rates, because as people use less, the city gets less revenue from the current rates.

beaujackson 4 years, 1 month ago

The price of a house is misleading. Its at least 3 times the sale price when you add interest and taxes.

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