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Archive for Friday, July 13, 2012

Candidate forum at Teller’s scheduled

July 13, 2012

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A “Meet the Candidates” forum will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Teller’s, 746 Mass.

The event will be broadcast live on KLWN 1320 AM radio and is open to the public. Legislative and Douglas County Commission candidates will discuss issues and answer questions.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

Is this the Chamber controlled event? One that avoids the real issues.

Such as why so damn many tax increases and user fee increases on the table?

How many lies will come out of this event?

Remember how many current elected officials claimed to be fiscal responsible giants and said being a business person was an outstanding qualification.

Obviously owning a business does not teach urban economics.

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kufan1146 2 years, 2 months ago

For the love of God. You don't need to "quote" every third word!

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Mkh 2 years, 2 months ago

It's not the Chamber event, it is independent put on by 1320 KLWN. It is my understanding that if you have a question for the candidates arrive early and give it to the moderator.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 2 months ago

Could it be because we have been blessed with your 640K bicycle crossing, the library and the rest of the feels good crap the left wants to support all the moochers that the city does everyting in their power to attract?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

The Library was approved by the voters and so was the T. Hell I offered up an alternative to the Library tax but was shot down in spite of LJW support.

J-W editorials

July 9, 2010

The idea of using sales tax revenue to pay for at least part the proposed Lawrence Public Library expansion deserved more consideration than it received from Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night.

Before commissioners voted to place the $18 million expansion project on November’s ballot, they were asked to consider using all or part of the city’s share of the 1 percent county sales tax to pay for the project. Using the sales tax would have reduced or eliminated the need for a 1.5-mill tax increase for 20 years to pay for library construction and a permanent 0.5-mill increase to cover additional operating costs for the new building.

Commissioners, however, dismissed the sales tax idea saying that voters who approved the sales tax expected that money to be set aside for parks and recreation projects. Although it’s true the sales tax was sold to voters at least partially on that basis, the actual ballot questions put no restrictions on how the money would be used.

However, even if the sales tax revenue was specifically restricted as being for recreation, it isn’t much of a stretch to justify the library as a recreational effort. The library may offer fewer physical activities than a recreation center, but many people certainly would consider the movies, books and other library classes and events as recreational activities. There’s no reason the sales tax needs to be permanently dedicated to building new recreation centers or playing fields especially when the city’s population isn’t growing significantly.

It would be especially appropriate to use sales tax revenue to fund the ongoing operating expenses for the larger library rather than permanently raising property taxes by 0.5 of a mill for that purpose. The 1.5-mill levy could be used for 20 years to fund the expansion and then eliminated.

Even some taxpayers who support the library expansion are concerned about increased property taxes, especially in the current economy. Shifting part of the expense of the expansion to the local sales tax might have mitigated some of that concern.

It’s too bad city commissioners weren’t willing to get a little more creative in their library financing plans.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

Comment to the Lawrence City Commission on 7/06/10

I would like to introduce a fiscally responsible taxpayer friendly proposal. Options the city can live with that include no increase in taxes.

The county portion one cent sales tax that was approved in 1995 can generate up to $14,036,301 as of 2009. Obviously more in better years

The city portion of the county 1% sales tax can generate up $8,609,331 as of 2009 obviously more in better years.

The two together = $22,645,672 again obviously more in better years. So I say let’s use a portion of this to finance our library reconstruction. Let’s use 10% of this tax dollar revenue annually.

Choice: A. City/County tax revenue combined using 10% annually = 2,264,567. 20 for 10 years = project paid off with existing sales tax revenue

B.City sales tax only using 10% annually of city tax revenue only = $1,403,630.10 for 15 years with existing sales tax revenue

C. personal property tax increase = least desirable choice.

D. Dedicate this 10% to the library leaving 90% for other projects.

The tax dollars after all belong to we the tax paying citizen. City Hall would need to adjust it's spending accordingly with regard to future park and rec projects. I think taxpayers could live with that.

Taxpayers should be provided options by which this project could be funded.

Merrill

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