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What do you think of Mayor Sue Hack’s sales tax proposal?

Response Percent Votes
It’s taking too much money out of my pocket
 
69% 346
It is a good idea to pay for needed city services
 
26% 130
Undecided
 
4% 20
Total 496

Comments

Stain 7 years, 3 months ago

I think very little of Mayor Sue Hack's sales tax proposal, and even less of Mayor Hack herself. She is the worst commissioner of all, and seems to be the most eager to take from Lawrencians and give to the developers.

They just cut everything, now they want to raise taxes to pay for totally different things that sound extravagant.

We're being robbed by these people.

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toefungus 7 years, 3 months ago

If I buy a car out of town, will I still have to pay city sales tax?

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gccs14r 7 years, 3 months ago

Yes. They won't sell one to you without knowing your ZIP code.

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peppermint 7 years, 3 months ago

A new tax for infrastructure and new development, right after they slashed all that is necessary and dear to Lawrence citizens.

I say no.

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blackwalnut 7 years, 3 months ago

Joel,

Thanks for that clarification. Really, though, when the big article of the day is that Mayor Hack is proposing a new tax to pay for things like a $30 million library and new infrastructure after the commission has cut needed services, don't you think that "Yes" question is very wrongly phrased? The mayor does not intend to use that tax to pay for "needed city services" - that is clear. The answer doesn't reflect the scenario we have at all, so why offer such a response?

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blackwalnut 7 years, 3 months ago

Really dumb poll answers.

"It is taking too much out of my pocket" is not really my response, but it's the only vote with which I can express my sentiment which is NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES NO, and for a million good reasons in addition to my personal bottom line.

"It is a good idea to pay for needed city services" is ridiculous after the article explained that Mayor Sue Hack wants it to pay for extravagant new building projects - not needed city services which she just cut.

Way to go, Journal-World. The "no" answer sounds selfish. The "yes" answer is one someone might vote for except that the scenario - what the Mayor has stated she wants to use the tax for - is completely and utterly false!!!

Who writes these polls at the Journal-World? Biased, manipulative, and lame.

Between these sneakily phrased polls and the sneakily biased headlines, I have lost respect for this newspaper.

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peppermint 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm not interested in seeing Lawrencians and out of towners pay more taxes to fund every developer's dream project.

I'm especially not interested in this in light of the fact that the city has just cut funding for the library, the bus, Bert Nash, and I don't know what else is on the block - the pool, the human society, basically everything that makes Lawrence a decent place to live.

The priorities of this city commission are not my priorities.

No to the Hack tax.

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Godot 7 years, 3 months ago

blackwalnut wrote: "Way to go, Journal-World. The "no" answer sounds selfish. The "yes" answer is one someone might vote for except that the scenario - what the Mayor has stated she wants to use the tax for - is completely and utterly false!!!"

They are just testing to see which spin works best - the marketing has already begun.

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Stain 7 years, 3 months ago

Hack sux, and so does her pet tax.

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blackwalnut 7 years, 3 months ago

Godot says "They are just testing to see which spin works best - the marketing has already begun."

They have the Journal-World on board, too. I'm not sure about the television news because I don't watch it.

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Joel 7 years, 3 months ago

Hi folks:

I write the polls most days, usually off the top of my head, usually as one of the last things I do during the course of the day. No conspiracy here, in terms of how they're phrased or what questions to put out there -- I'm just trying to make the answer possibilities more interesting than "Yes" and "No" or "Good" and "Bad." I'm certainly not trying to sell anything, as has been suggested - I simply don't have a dog in this fight, and certainly my suggested answers don't reflect some broader "Journal-World Agenda."

So let me note a couple of things:

¢ The "this is not a scientific poll" is not just a disclaimer, it's truth. So, you know, take it with a grain of salt.

¢ I'm not sure that I can ever anticipate the full universe of possible responses to a question - so please don't take it as an insult with your precise variation doesn't appear. We're painting in broad strokes here.

¢ The comments section here IS the perfect place to elaborate on your answer, which is exactly what you're doing. I just ask that you don't assume dark impulses everytime something doesn't look exactly the way you think it should.

I await your criticisms. ; )

Joel Mathis Managing Editor for Convergence

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RKLOG 7 years, 3 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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News_to_me 7 years, 3 months ago

Joel, I know you can do better with a question like What do you think of...? Granted, it is not a scientific poll and we can elaborate with our posts, but how about:

It is ridiculous to talk about using sales tax money for amenities after the recent budget cuts. It's fine as long as it is used only for infrastructure a this point in time. It is too much of a burden on those who can least afford it. etc, etc

I certainly can't imagine anyone being truly undecided. No conspiracy theory here, but c'mon shouldn't the poll more accurately reflect Mayor's Hack's tax and her ideas for its use.

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Luxstarness 7 years, 3 months ago

I had Sue Hack as a teacher and she was not a very nice lady. She favored the kids with money and let them leave her class whenever they wanted. She even let some of the kids borrow her car to leave during school. (We were in 9th grade at the time) She does not have the common peoples best interest at heart, just the rich.

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 3 months ago

They pay people a whole lot more money than Joel makes for this gig to write good poll/test questions. Certainly how a question is phrased can change the outcome of the poll.

For instance, would you support:

More money for the care of the needy?

or,

Spend more money on welfare?

Same question. The first one will get around a 75/25 yes/no, while the second gets around a 25/75 yes/no response.

As for city sales tax increases, where I live, it's not that much farther for me to hit southern Johnson County/Olathe to do my shopping, and if you live in north Lawrence you're not that far from either KC or Topeka on I-70, and no, very few places make any mention of your zip code, and the only reason some on them ask is for their marketing department to see where to put a new store.

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Joel 7 years, 3 months ago

Hi folks:

Please see today's poll, on abortion. I tried to be more precise....

Joel

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Stain 7 years, 3 months ago

Raiden says: Sue was overheard at a party saying that the City Commission meetings ought to be on Tuesday afternoons so the commission isn't overburdened having to listen to the public comments.

From another thread, bears repeating here.

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blackwalnut 7 years, 3 months ago

Joel Mathis

Joel (Joel Mathis) says:

Hi folks:

Please see today's poll, on abortion. I tried to be more precise:.

Joel


Thank you.

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Mkh 7 years, 3 months ago

She is unfit to be mayor or an elected official.

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karensisson 7 years, 3 months ago

I wouldn't trust someone to spend the people's money after she was overheard apologizing to a constituent for her vote and giving the excuse that her husband's insurance business customer threatened to take his business somewhere else if she didn't vote according to his interests. That particular customer of Alan Hack Insurance owns a great deal of property in Lawrence and stands to profit from deals Sue is pushing - including the 6th/Wakarusa Wal-Mart.

No to any tax proposed by this mayor. It isn't to help the people of Lawrence.

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