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Letter: Priorities, please

December 12, 2012

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Priorities, please

To the editor:

Let’s take a look at some identified needs/wants from past City Commission meetings:

  1. Regional recreation complex: $25 million and an additional $300,000 a year in operating costs.

  2. Library expansion bond approval: $18 million.

  3. New police headquarters and 46 additional officers: $42 million. (Commissioners mention a $25 million headquarters sometime in the future.)

  4. New sewage treatment plant and piping system: $65 million, $14 million in repairs to the existing plant, $4.7 million to improve a faulty water intake, $7.8 million for a new water supply line extension across the Kansas River, $14 million to better seal existing storm sewer pipes and $4 million to replace two water tanks atop Mount Oread. That totals $105.5 million. (No need to worry until you get your future water/sewer bill.)

  5. Farmland Industries industrial park infrastructure improvements: $10 million.

  6. Untold millions of other needs such as replacing the crumbling water mains and pipes.

We are assured that we have a “healthy” city bond and interest fund with an unused balance of $8.5 million. A year ago that balance was $16 million, but the city found a way to spend nearly half of it in one year.

Fellow citizens, do the math. We can’t possibly have it all. I think Commissioner Amyx’s idea of prioritizing and choosing “needs” is a good one.

Oh, by the way, did you hear that our school officials will ask you to approve an estimated $95 million bond in the spring?

Priorities, priorities, priorities!

Comments

smitty 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks Bill. Here is what the JW printed on the waterlines just this last Nov;

A new report estimates roughly 18 percent of all the waterlines in the city ought to be replaced between now and 2030, and it likely will cost a little more than $72 million in today’s dollars.....

....18 percent of all the waterlines in the city ought to be replaced between now and 2030, and it likely will cost a little more than $72 million in today’s dollars.

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toe 1 year, 4 months ago

The list of wants will all be done. Get over it or get out. Lawrence parties until everyone else's money runs out.

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 4 months ago

This is a healthy place for Seniors? How can that happen?

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