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How should City Hall pay for a $1 million budget shortfall

Response Percent Votes
Cut other programs
50% 150
Hiring freeze
40% 120
5% 17
Stop filling in potholes
2% 8
Total 295


ksrover 10 years, 8 months ago

How would a hiring freeze solve a short fall in income? Yes, it will prevent any new positions from being added to the payroll, but there's still the existing city's payroll that will not be affected by a hiring freeze.

There is a lot of waste at CH - it's time that those employeed with the city start doing something about it.

blackwalnut 10 years, 8 months ago

Make developers pay for a bigger share of the infrastructure required by their projects.

And say no to the expensive, extravagant, unnecessary new projects developers have been bringing to the city for approval. The city just doesn't have the money to expand right now.

No new library. No ice rink.

Find ways to bring new money into Lawrence and keep Lawrencians from going to Kansas City to spend money. That means, be smart about any new retail. No #2 of any store, for starters. Give Lawrencians more choices of where to spend there money, right here in Lawrence.

And say NO to the Hack Tax.

another_concerned_parent 10 years, 8 months ago

Okay, over the last few months, there has been at least $500,000 in salaries in newly created positions. There is half of their budget problem right there. They need to look at the productivity of each employee. Maybe they could reduce the payroll by eliminating the deadbeats, who just stand around and watch the "go-getters" work.

News_to_me 10 years, 8 months ago

No new vehicles. Send city employees out to their jobs on the T. They can put their equipment up front on the bike rack. And, if the Fire trucks are wearing out, quit running them out on every call. Didn't use to happen before it became Lawrence Douglas County AND Medical.

bambam23 10 years, 8 months ago

"Fire trucks are wearing out, quit running them out on every call. Didn't use to happen before it became Lawrence Douglas County AND Medical."

Umm thats not true

Godot 10 years, 8 months ago

I read that France is in deep financial and political trouble partly because over 50% of its GDP is related to government. Kansas is the France of the USA, and Lawrence is its Paris.

Nick Yoho 10 years, 8 months ago

How about we stop giving tax breaks to companies to move here and give us low wage jobs? How about we stop prosecuting non-violent drug offenders? How about raising the parking tickets from $2 to $3?(they are at least $28.50 in KCMO

News_to_me 10 years, 8 months ago

bambam So you're telling me that before 1997, when the Lawrence Fire Department and the Douglas County Ambulance Service merged, both responded to all calls. Sorry, I don't think so. I grew up in this town and nearly lived at Fire Station #1 as a kid. Ambulances responded to medical calls and firetrucks responded to fire calls. There are reasons why the two operations merged and why both respond to calls nowadays. Good reasons. However, my point was, if the fire vehicles are getting too many miles and too much wear and tear, perhaps we need to rethink that and find a way to respond without sending the whole department. This is especially true due to the nature of a lot of the calls in this town. And, even though I understand the thinking, it might be a more cost effective way.

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