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What should City Hall do to deal with its budget shortfall?

Response Percent Votes
Cut services
 
60% 206
Raise sales taxes
 
22% 76
Raise property taxes
 
13% 46
Undecided
 
4% 14
Total 342

Comments

erod0723 6 years, 10 months ago

Does anybody know of the proper way to get Hack kicked out the mayoral post and city commission? It seems apparent that she is just a puppet of developers and businesses.

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plumberscrack 6 years, 10 months ago

Stain (Anonymous) says:

Oh, just get rid of the two commissioners who do business with Doug Compton and cannot possibly vote objectively on any issue involving land he owns (nearly every development project that comes up).

Savings: $18,000 every year. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I cannot believe that you people actually voted for Hack in the first place. If you could not see through her tax and spend for development buddies.....then Marion is right, Lawrence is doomed!

The Lawrence voters can redeem themselves by voting OUT Mayor Hack in the next elections in two years! But, since you all voted her in office for 4 yrs not once but TWICE....You'll probably vote her in again?! If I were Sue Hack, I'd run for governor with such idiots voting for her every time!

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4th_grade_education 6 years, 10 months ago

No, it's frustrating as hell when the brand new roundabouts are surrounded by potholes.

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coneflower 6 years, 10 months ago

Lynn731 (Anonymous) says: The idiots could stop building roundabouts.

It's frustrating as hell when you can't run those babies, isn't it?

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Stain 6 years, 10 months ago

Oh, just get rid of the two commissioners who do business with Doug Compton and cannot possibly vote objectively on any issue involving land he owns (nearly every development project that comes up).

Savings: $18,000 every year.

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Stain 6 years, 10 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says: This town is doomed.

It kinda is. It is mind-boggling to think of how much they can hurt this town in four years. Look what the new slash, burn and tax city commission has already done in just two months. And they're just getting warmed up.

Voter remorse is a pitiful thing, because you don't get to take your vote back. I'm regretting two of my votes.

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coneflower 6 years, 10 months ago

jlw53 says: I have no problem with development and growth, as long as it pays for itself. It can with proper upfront fees that are passed on to the new homeowners, or patrons of the new businesses.

I don't know how owners of other newer homes feel, but I pay a ton in taxes and sewer fees to live in a newer neighborhood that doesn't have parks, many trees, pleasant places to walk, or anything I love in a neighborhood. The developers, it seems, couldn't spare a dime to make a nice neighborhood around the expensive cookie-cutter houses. Living in Lawrence, at this high cost, is starting to feel like a real crummy deal to me.

Pass the cost of development on to the people who profit from it.

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coneflower 6 years, 10 months ago

Stop ordering new streets and traffic lights and roundabouts that are only needed because developers want them to support their projects. Any developer who wants it so bad can pay for it 100% - including that $200,000 traffic light at 6th and George Williams Way the city is bankrolling.

Lawrence can't afford to support developers any longer. The profiteers should pay their own way.

Boog is right - impact fees are the answer. The developers should have been paying impact fees all through the uncontrolled growth of the past few years.

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 10 months ago

What a bunch of crap!

Where is "Clean up the mess at City Hall?"

Talk about a LOADED POLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This town is doomed.

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pelliott 6 years, 10 months ago

Have a citizens advisory board for how to trim the waste in city practices. There should be an assessment of service, cost analysis. The departments would rather cut employee's salaries than change how they are doing things. Departments do not work together. Frontline employees probably know some of the practices that need to be changed. Sanitation regularly schedules overtime for work that can be allocated by changing shift requirments. Overtime should be for emmergencies, not regularly scheduled. Supervisor positions can be pooled and reduced, more saving than cutting out the people that have done the job for years. Get modern methods and less "thats the way we do things". Buford and Wildgen had too many yes men and poor administrators. Impact fees rather than raising sales taxes,sales taxes that impact every person buying groceries. I don' t want my sewer fees being diverted from maintaining pipes to building a state of the art pump station to help a developer improve his profits.

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jlw53 6 years, 10 months ago

I've been saying for 25 years that growth doesn't pay for itself. Problem is that the city voters don't seem to see it and thus continue to vote for "Hacks" who seem to only want to enrich the development community - builders, realtors, bankers, attorneys, etc. at the expense of the community at large. I have no problem with development and growth, as long as it pays for itself. It can with proper upfront fees that are passed on to the new homeowners, or patrons of the new businesses. If new people coming into the community (drawn to the growth) can drive up prices of new homes because they have plenty of money to spend, then they can come up with a little more and support THEIR growth with those impact fees, and let the other residents concentrate on paying for what's already here.

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Lynn731 6 years, 10 months ago

The idiots could stop building roundabouts. Thank you, Lynn

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max1 6 years, 10 months ago

"Option E: Impact fees. The City's own study said our current revenue sources can't keep up with development." -Phillbert

Obviously, the result of that study wasn't what Hack wanted to hear. April 23, 2005 http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/apr... Commissioners in late January began a study to determine if growth pays for itself or whether it creates additional costs for the entire community. . . Paul Tischler, the Maryland-based consultant hired by commissioners to conduct the study, said that it was common for communities to learn that many types of residential growth do not pay for themselves.

April 20, 2006 http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/apr/20/report_bigbox_stores_best_budget/?print As several commissioners had expected, the study found all types of residential construction - everything from single-family homes to apartments - generated more costs for the city than they created in new tax dollars.

March 6, 2007 http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/mar... It will cost the city tens of millions of dollars to expand the community into new areas, according to a study commissioned by City Hall. . . The $150,000 study by the Maryland-based consulting firm of TischlerBise states the city needs to strongly consider creating new revenue streams - such as impact fees, one-time fees placed on a development to pay for its infrastructure.

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Phillbert 6 years, 10 months ago

Option E: Impact fees.

The City's own study said our current revenue sources can't keep up with development. Developers and the businesses & homeowners who buy properties from them should pay for the cost of the infrastructure needed to support that growth.

Study: Cost to expand city exceeds present revenue http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/mar...

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peppermint 6 years, 10 months ago

How much do the homeless really cost the city of Lawrence?

Why are the people screaming about the homeless so often the same ones who scream for the city to support things the profit-making developers want?

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kuthruandthru 6 years, 10 months ago

You live in a college town, so there will always be homeless, if you don't like it move to Johnson county.

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babyjay 6 years, 10 months ago

Cut services for the homeless. The more services we provide, the more homeless will come to Lawrence to get their "2 hots and a cot"! We have become a major stop on the homeless highway. The word is out - go to Lawrence, Kansas!!!! I don't want my taxes used or raised to provide any more "amenities" for the non-Douglas County homeless.

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blackwalnut 6 years, 10 months ago

None of the above.

Impact fees paid for by developers. Yes, Boog. Is anyone listening to him?

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Stain 6 years, 10 months ago

Well I can't answer this poll. I don't think the city needs to cut services. The city needs to stop building new infrastructure, starting with the $200,000 traffic light at 6th and George Williams Way that we don't need right now. If the developer of Mercado wants it right now just to support his new retail development, let him fork over the $200k. Lawrence cannot afford it.

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