Letter to the editor: Losing trust in city

November 14, 2017


To the editor:

Was it a plan, a coincidence or collusion: as the elections for city commissioners and the renewal of the city’s sales taxes were concluding, the city comes forward and says that it is not very good at handling the money that its citizens have ponied up. Anyone wonder how the rest of the city’s departments would fair under a complete and thorough audit?

Trust in the city to do its job faithfully and efficiently is sometimes a hard commodity to come by these days.


Carol Bowen 7 months, 1 week ago

Cleaning up accounting practices is a good thing. I'd rather read about the fixes than have the errors hidden.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 7 months, 1 week ago

I would rather the problems never occurred in the first place. They most likely wouldn't if they were spending their money.

Bob Summers 7 months, 1 week ago

These types of people spend money.

They do not know how to earn it.

Why would they know how to manage money that is supposedly owed to them?

Deborah Snyder 7 months, 1 week ago

The city commission and administration have had a number of conversations over its billing procedures, misspent allocations and poor decisions regarding financial speculation. I know that Diane Stoddard and Tom Markus have done an outstanding job of initiating better audits, and I most certainly agree with Ms. Bowen that knowledge of these issues is certainly better than secrecy, which appears to be the MODIS OPERANDI of our state government.

After reading the KC Star exposé on how dark Kansas government has become, Lawrence's city administration is transparent in comparison...

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 1 week ago

This lack of billing has been going on for some time, and we should be glad that the new commission and manager are discovering this and trying to find a fix. What bothers me if if your utility bill doesn't arrive in the mail, that doesn't mean you don't still owe it. These deadbeats who haven't been paying their bills need to pay up. And I think there should be an extensive investigation of how this happened and if there was some kind of collusion going on. A lot of the people who owe this money are developers, aren't they? Well, there was money owed to us by the county, but that's one set of tax monies going to another. This whole Riverfront fiasco sounds really suspicious.

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