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How should the city pay for needed repairs to streets?

Response Percent Votes
Cut budget in other areas
 
67% 281
Sales tax increase
 
16% 71
Property tax increase
 
11% 50
Undecided
 
3% 16
Total 418

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4th_grade_education 6 years, 11 months ago

Olddad:

But do the upfront costs outweigh the cost of yearly maintenance on inferior asphalt? In the long run, I believe the asphalt roads not only deteriorate much faster, but also cost much more to maintain. And, I fully agree with LawrenceBoy's 2nd paragraph. If we fix the roads, we will find that many other problems with the economy will be much easier to solve. Making it easier to navigate the town will make more businesses willing to locate here. By "easier to navigate," I mean fewer potholes, fewer unnecessary traffic stops (roundabouts, stop signs, etc.), and greater flow of traffic generally (completed SLT).

With the current road situation, many people have to budget for vehicle repairs because of damage to their cars caused by the condition of the roads. This is ridiculous. Fix the roads, and do it right.

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gccs14r 6 years, 11 months ago

Someone else proposed a local fuel tax to help pay for road repairs. That sounds like the best option, since people can't very easily drive elsewhere to shop for fuel.

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LawrenceBoy 6 years, 11 months ago

I'd like to pile on to the sentiments about the Library, Roads, and Taxes.

A new Library? NO! This town has a state university, remember? The university is called the University of Kansas. And non-students can use the libraries at KU. As for the roads: Fix the roads and so much of the rest of what people hope for in Lawrence will take care of itself. Eg., Fix the roads and the house looks nice. When the house looks nice, its worth more. Higher valued properties have a higher tax value. People from Johnson County like driving on nice roads. Fixing the roads is an invitation to consumers, developers, businesses, etc. I submit that one of the first impressions anyone has of any city is through the seat of their pants, as they drive on the city streets.

This notion of Lawrence residents sustaining another tax has so many things wrong with it. I don't know where to begin. Lawrence is not Johnson County. It's not Berkley, CA. It's not Madison, WI. It's not Santa Fe, NM. It is a small town, like Ottawa, with the good fortune of having a state university....a university, I might add, that the state of Kansas does not seem to be able to afford. Who lives in Lawrence? Lawrence is peopled by mostly average-to-lower income citizens. I've lived here for 37 years and can testify to the fact the many Lawrence residents have an unrealistic and idealistic view of their very small town. If a community is a family, and if a family is happiest when it is living within its means and first meeting its basic needs, then Lawrence will be a happy place when it conserves what it has before shopping for more.

Sue Hack admitted that her proposed tax is regressive. Obviously, she has the luxury of being able to afford the increased cost of living brought on by a 1% sales tax. The rest of us, however, live in a different world. We don't live in the mythical Lawrence. We live in the real Lawrence.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 11 months ago

"No more asphalt. Use concrete from now on."

I agree, but the problem with concrete is the up-front costs are so high. If 19th was re-paved all in concrete (as it needs to be), that'd be the entire budget.

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Kontum1972 6 years, 11 months ago

Well if the current administration keeps insisting on a "Interceptor Missile" bases outside of Russia and the Russian's say they will retaliate if they are installed, none us will have to worry about any streets, sidewalks, roundabouts and just plain living....because we all will be vapor....except the crew in the white house and a few military....hmmmm...kind of reminds me of "JERICHO"......they sure like to rattle the saber and hack off people.

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50YearResident 6 years, 11 months ago

Oh! I forgot the potholes are a traffic calming device. We need them to slow down speeders. Maybe Lawrence should build more of them.

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50YearResident 6 years, 11 months ago

The "Roundabout Fund" would fix a lot of potholes not to mention the $41 Million Library Fund.

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ryanjasondesch 6 years, 11 months ago

What I don't quite understand, is where the hell does all this property tax I pay on my home go to?? My parents looked at a couple mil. dollar home here and when my dad figured out he'd be paying several thousand a month in property tax he said no thanks. Lawrence is pretty damn high compared to the rest of the cities in the state, and I'm not sure what it is we have to show for it. Real estate taxes as they are now should be way more than enough to fix streets. Somebody tell me, where the hell is all this money going?

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4th_grade_education 6 years, 11 months ago

No more asphalt. Use concrete from now on.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 11 months ago

Let's stop Western and Southern expansion and use the savings to pay for the roads.

ALSO roads can be made to last 50 years, as a ery reliable road-construction source told me. Why are we not using that kind of road-building?

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Jillster 6 years, 11 months ago

I'd give up the public "art" displays for better streets.

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OnlyTheOne 6 years, 11 months ago

"Who runs this town - the taxpayers, or the profiteers?" That's pretty obvious, isn't it?

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coneflower 6 years, 11 months ago

It is mind-boggling that the city is considering destroying a perfectly good library that could be enlarged to build a brand new one, building an ice skating rink, and giving a green light to every developer's dream that will require new infrastructure - but they can't repair the sidewalks and streets.

What are these commissioners smoking?

Who runs this town - the taxpayers, or the profiteers?

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LipRipper 6 years, 11 months ago

Lots of City Trucks Going home with City workers. And we have to pay for that GAS!!!!!!!!!!! WHY?????????

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