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Letter: Tax options

January 18, 2013

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To the editor:

The city is overlooking some real alternatives in their current discussion of the Rock Chalk Park recreation facility. First off, the $25 million recreation project is supposedly possible without any tax increase since a number of projects’ bonds payments are ending. This sizeable lump of money can be used several ways. One is cutting taxes by lowering the sales or property taxes. Another is putting the excess dollars to work on our urgent infrastructure problems.

Water mains are increasingly bursting around the city and need replacement. (I saw three incidents of such in December.) This multimillion dollar undertaking needs to be addressed now before it becomes even more expensive. A $40 million police department request was deferred by the City Commission. Work on an added sewer water treatment facility is needed if the town wants to expand in the future. Some major traffic arteries and feeder streets definitely need to be upgraded soon. Other basic services need attention.

Using excess tax collections for a temporary tax cut now or spending these valuable “idle” tax dollars on a vastly expanded exercise facility while deferring the more pressing infrastructure problems? I believe that the citizenry would support the alternatives that I have outlined: tax cuts or improving the city’s needed infrastructure now.

The Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods has endorsed putting the question to a vote by the public. Why not do so — with the discussed alternatives? That would be a real act of statesmanship on the part of the city commissioners.

Comments

Clevercowgirl 1 year, 2 months ago

I would love to see the Rock Chalk project go on the ballot. If this project is approved, I would love to see it go out to bid with qualified construction companies. The cronyism practiced in Lawrence government, in giving all the plum projects to a certain few, needs to stop. This favoritism is systemic, and paid for out of our tax dollars. Look at the parking garage with the library attached to it that was approved. Who is going to use a library in the future? Certainly not the majority of the population. Technology such as Kindles and Networks have changed all of that.

Although I support the concept of additional recreation facilities for our community, I don't support Lawrence constructing a model mega sports park. In talking with my friends, there is a sense of disconnect between what some of the Lawrence officials propose and what the community would willingly pay for.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

And graduates of Leadership Lawrence, the Chamber of Commerce,local business people,bankers and legal advisors close to the local business circles make the best city commissioners and advisors to those politicians?

How?

By the time the Sam Brownback reckless tax cutting machine is done reducing total state revenues where is the money to build a project that may or may not produce new economic growth? Assumptions and speculation are good for Wall Street not local taxpayers.

Again graduates of Leadership Lawrence, the Chamber of Commerce,local business people,bankers and legal advisors close to the local business circles make the best city commissioners and advisors to those politicians?

How?

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grammaddy 1 year, 2 months ago

Agreed! Let's fix the stuff that needs fixing NOW and build fancy later.

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