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Do you support the Lawrence Public Library’s wish to ask voters in November for a property tax increase to fund an $18 million expansion of its downtown facility?

Response Percent Votes
No
 
63% 763
Yes
 
32% 396
Not sure
 
3% 48
Total 1207

Comments

Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely. The library needs the attention. It is a very very busy place.

USD 497 should take note. This is process by which USD 497 should operate. USD 497 handed USD 497 taxpayers a tax increase without OUR approval. That extravagant spending on the sports project NOT justified = reckless spending.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

By not maintaining and improving the existing structure creates a tax increase.

Annual neglect = costs more to mend on the long term = tax increase

4 years, 11 months ago

Merrill expressed my viewpoint perfectly. The public library is an incredibly important resource for our community and we must do what it takes to keep it up.

chasmo 4 years, 11 months ago

Not property taxes! If you need to tax make it a sales tax so everyone pays not just the poor fools who buy property in Douglas county. Share the pain.

thoughtpolice 4 years, 11 months ago

I think that the library should be allowed to put the question to the voters. Let them decide.

sustainabilitysister 4 years, 11 months ago

YES! Supporting the library is an investment in our future. Literacy is key!

nedcolt 4 years, 11 months ago

No--the library and all its content should be put online for all to see from anywhere,they are far behind even smaller town libraries who allow you to research anytime day or night-Kansas is far behind as far as genealogy access also//Missouri has birth and death records online with access anytime to newspapers back to early 1900 through Mo.gov and some smaller libraries are like gold mines--too much money for too little return--I would support a full web access.Ned

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes! I support the wish to ask people to vote.

Not being in favor of their desire to have the renovation voted on is un-American. If you don't want the renovation to happen you vote no, and if you do favor it, you vote yes. As American as hot dogs, apple pies, and the fats kids who eat them. What, are you all a bunch of Communists? Vote I say, vote!

(perhaps I read the question differently than others)

jlw53 4 years, 11 months ago

Pilgrim2, don't you understand that's how the system works? Those who think they are superior and smarter than the rest of us simply need to be in charge of making all policy!

And best of all, you get to pay for all their pet projects but they shouldn't be asked to pay for yours.

Simple, huh.

jhawk0097 4 years, 11 months ago

"Not property taxes! If you need to tax make it a sales tax so everyone pays not just the poor fools who buy property in Douglas county. Share the pain."

Everybody does pay one way or another. If landlords feel put out by the tax increase, they'll pass it on to renters.

local_support 4 years, 11 months ago

When was the last time taxes were increased to benefit the public library? Does anyone know?

AnnaUndercover 4 years, 11 months ago

The library needs more funds. I typically go to the Topeka library instead because it's better. Ours needs the $18 mil, if we can swing it.

redmoonrising 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm all for a better library but I'm not sure the present one it worth all the money unless they can come up with a lot more parking. The location isn't the most convenient either but not a problem if it housed everything we needed. Too bad we can't have some smaller satelite libraries around town. Works great in other places. I know I would use the library a lot more.

LogicMan 4 years, 11 months ago

"Too bad we can't have some smaller sate[l]lite libraries around town. Works great in other places. I know I would use the library a lot more."

Ditto.

jumpin_catfish 4 years, 11 months ago

Did they miss that the economy is a mess? Tax those who use it.

Mike George 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey, Wilbur- Architects and Engineers, especially structural engineers, don't work for free because there are more lawyers than blades of grass. Too much risk that costs money to insure against. Sorry to bust your bubble.

Jeremy DeBoard 4 years, 11 months ago

From the wording of the Poll question and then looking over the comments, I feel most people are having a knee-jerk reaction to more spending.

I fully support the asking of any taxes to fund any projects. It's the taking without asking that's gotten us where we are today. Instead of going through back doors within the system, they are doing what is right and wanting it put to a vote by the people, not by the bureaucrats.

Yes, I support this being put to a vote by the general public. If it's awarded or not would be up to the voters.

tomatogrower 4 years, 11 months ago

I say I'm not sure. I would like to have a state of the art library, but it looks like the Republicans in Topeka want to push the funding to schools back onto the cities, so they can say they didn't raise taxes, the low life cowards. We may need the money for the schools.

ozzynbn 4 years, 11 months ago

Any of you who want the $18 million, pay for it yourself. Pony up and dig deep into those pockets of your own Merrill, et al..... stay away from my money.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 11 months ago

There are many life-and-death organizations out there that are being devastated by the lack of funds. People's livelihood is being effected.

Get in line Lawrence Public Library, the very BACK of the line!!

alm77 4 years, 11 months ago

bea, I agree. I would sign any petition to bring it to a VOTE. I don't think, however, that I could vote for the tax. :( I love the library, I support and use the library, but right now is a just a bad time for this.

Shane Garrett 4 years, 11 months ago

Why not charge an entry fee to use the library? Let those you use it, pay for it.

Mel Briscoe 4 years, 11 months ago

sure, why not?? sounds like a great idea!

^^ (not a lawrence resident)

SpeedRacer 4 years, 11 months ago

I have been to libraries in podunk towns that are better than this one. Not with my taxes.

guess_again 4 years, 11 months ago

I am surprised that a number of people who posted here, who also decried the need of the school board to examine the issue of school closures, are indicating they oppose a yet to be fully defined effort to improve the library.

Of course, the school board members supporting the "Save Our Neighborhood Schools" supported motions both to eviscerate 6th grade music, and the school libraries collections budget.

So my neighborhood school, which is half empty, remains open. My city library, which has always been underfunded and is an embarrassment, remains underfunded.

I'm noticing all this, for future reference. And yes, this means kugrad, tomatogrower, alm77, and didIsaythat, among others.

I look forward to the library board providing more details to this proposal. Right now, everything looks to me to be conceptual and rough estimates.

chocolateplease 4 years, 11 months ago

They need enough money annually to cover the additional utilities, staffing, and maintenance if they plan to do this.

Also, I'd be interested in knowing exactly what the internet usage and statistics are for the city as well as the library. This could either boost or diminish the case the library is making for additional computers. Is there a large population in Lawrence without computers and/or internet access? Are the dinstinct patrons using library computers a large number? Do a significant number of patrons play games, gamble, and surf porn (or semi-porn) online at the library as I've heard? What percentage of computer use at the library is for these types of purposes?

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

"Any of you who want the $18 million, pay for it yourself. Pony up and dig deep into those pockets of your own"

Where was this fine viewpoint when we started the war in Iraq?

amrose42683 4 years, 11 months ago

Pilgrim2 says .... "Richard, you're usually such a fan of user fees, why not some user fees for the library? How about they start charging a nominal fee to check out a book or a movie? If it's such a busy place, it shouldn't take them long at all to raise $18 mil."

One of the reasons why the library is so busy right now is because of the economy ... ie it's FREE. If you start charging people to check out books, you're going to see a huge decline in the amount of people that walk through those doors ... I, for one, would rather go buy a cheap book at 1/2 Price Books than pay a fee to just borrow one from the library.

fastwalker 4 years, 11 months ago

hey lawrence, your tax dollars are paying for wars that kill hundreds of thousands of women and children across the middle east, but you are scared to spend money on education? please explain

Dirtman24 4 years, 11 months ago

they are trying to close some schools, what is the point of given $18mil to the library to expand when kids need schools to stay educated and learn in,

without schools and teachers kids don't learn, I say NO NO NO on the $18mil for the Library as the library is NOT a school and can NOT educate a child as that is what a school is for.

Don't get me wrong I know what a library is, but the FACT of the matter is we NEED THE SCHOOL for education for ALL OUR KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

booyalab 4 years, 11 months ago

If the people running the library read their own books they might have heard of the Laffer Curve, which demonstrates that a better way to increase tax revenue is to decrease, not increase, tax rates.

2shtz4u 4 years, 11 months ago

They are going to tax us with something no matter what.Everyday it's either the City or State that needs something.The Library is in dire need of an upgrade people! This needs to be done.I have lived in Lawrence all my life and I am 40.The Library hasn't had anything done to it in a long time.Everyone was on board with the new art center,So why not be on board with the Library? Come on.

BigPrune 4 years, 11 months ago

The old Arts Center also had supposedly 1000 visitors per day (at least that's what I remember was being quoted) - can someone confirm this?

$18 Million? get real.

Joshua Montgomery 4 years, 11 months ago

I agree that Lawrence needs more library facilities, however, I do not believe that the downtown facility needs to be expanded to the tune of $18M.

If the Library is going to spend funds expanding access they should build several small expansion branches in other areas of town. Say one near 23rd & Harper and another near 23rd & Wakarusa.

If it was done properly, the branches could be used as major stops on the "T" and the "T" could be used to deliver inter-library requests in a short time window (30-45 Min). Facilities costs would be reasonable in these neighborhoods and they would be within walking distance of many single family homes.

This would benefit many members of the community. Those of us in West Lawrence should have reasonable access to a Library facility as well. We don't need a giant central library, KU's library system is already much, much better than the Lawrence Public Library, what we need is more branches in more areas of town.

Right now the library is 18 Min from 23rd & Wakarusa and 15 Min from 23rd and Harper.

By comparison, Topeka is only 25 Min from 23rd & Wakarusa, i.e. it is almost as easy to go to the Topeka public library as it is to go to the one here in Lawrence. This needs to change.

Bladerunner 4 years, 11 months ago

More than 2 to 1 against so far. I say lets vote on it and shut em up already.

boltzmann 4 years, 11 months ago

The question is a bit strange. I don't know how I would vote one way or the other on the measure, but I certainly support putting this before the voters. We are a democracy, after all.

boltzmann 4 years, 11 months ago

The question is a bit strange. I don't know how I would vote one way or the other on the measure, but I certainly support putting this before the voters. We are a democracy, after all.

ozzynbn 4 years, 11 months ago

Beatrice....... try to stay on topic, okay?

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