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High tax bedroom communities likely have a greater negative
tax impact on all than a 1/4 cent economic growth tax to support public education would.
I hate sales taxes. They are the least fair to business and consumers alike.
The sales tax talk coming from the city and county government works against USD 497 teacher salaries.
Face it a high quality school district will do more than to encourage economic growth than the continued expansion of the "bedroom community" which as we all know promotes high taxes in a community.
Bad planning and conflicts of interest in city and county government have provided Lawrence with this:
The city's current budget crunch can be tied directly to infrastructure expenses needed to serve new housing developments.
If residential growth paid for itself and was financially positive, we would not be in a budget crunch. But with increased numbers of houses you have increased demand on services, and historically the funding of revenues generated by residential housing does not pay for the services they require from a municipality.
The governing bodies continue down this same mismanagement road as we speak. They are doing nothing to curb the need for higher taxes,fees etc etc.
Strange how these taxes never go away or is never enough, do you think some lied up front?
Facts are not allowable in web discussions!
They're too hurtful, alarming and = sigh = real.
"A sales tax on everything affects everyone, rich, middling, and poor. . . I would propose a selective sales tax increase which would exclude food items." -annamaria
A sales tax hurts low income people more than the rich, because it takes a larger proportion of their income, and your suggested "selective tax" is illegal according to state law.
In 2004, Douglas County ranked 21st out of all 105 counties for the highest poverty rate.
In 2004, 13.3% of Douglas Counties children under the age of 18 lived in poverty.
13.7% of Lawrence's children under the age of 18 lived in poverty.
2007 Poverty guidelines
Income for 1 person household, $10,210/year
Income for 2 person household, $13,690/year
Income for 3 person household, $17,170/year
Income for 4 person household, $20,650/year
A sales tax on everything affects everyone, rich, middling, and poor. The inflation on food products is very high already with milk costing between $3.00 and $4.95 a gallon. I would propose a selective sales tax increase which would exclude food items.
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