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Would you be willing to increase your taxes to add more police to patrol Lawrence?

Response Percent Votes
76% 601
18% 144
Not sure
5% 44
Total 789


CLARKKENT 5 years, 10 months ago


Jayhawk1958 5 years, 10 months ago

Agreed. My property taxes have gone up at least 25% in the last 7 years.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 10 months ago

The newspaper is lazy today. This poll question is almost verbatim the same as the OTS question, Keegan neglects to follow through with his own points in the sports column & the police report is quoting a spokesman who doesn't work there anymore.

blindrabbit 5 years, 10 months ago

problem solved: get rid of some of the dead patrol car inventory, don't replace! Drive by Judicial Center Parking Lot (to the South) many cars sitting in there that never seem to move. Also cars at East 11th Street Maintenance, and West 15th substation. Another thing; the City seems willing to annex property into the City (presumably for taxing purposes), slow down this process and you'll save by not having to provide services (including pollice protection) to more remote locations.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 10 months ago

Only if I get a chance to help punish the wicked.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 10 months ago

lets see some figures about Lawrence. How many murders, rapes and major theft cases are left unsolved? What are the major problems in Lawrence that warrant doubling our police force? You can't throw a rock in this town without seeing a police car, and often times, I see several at the same time. When the police have the time to chase down major crimes such as turning left during the wrong hours, or setting up seat belt check points all over town, I fail to see the necessity of such a massive increase. Not to mention, they're dying to have a bomb squad, because we're just so inundated here with terrorists...

Abdu Omar 5 years, 10 months ago

Right On!!!!

Lawrence will never become like Topeka simply because Lawrencians have taste.

pizzapete 5 years, 10 months ago

No way, in 20 years Compton is supposed to start paying his fair share of taxes on all his new highrise apartments and all of our problems are going to be solved.

Alexander Smith 5 years, 10 months ago

LOL this is what gets me. For all the people voting against it. Something will happen and they will call the police. Do to lack of staff the response may not happen as quick or something will go wrong and guess what, those people who said no.. will be the first to complain. hummph ..kind of sounds like a GOP person. Want everything but not wanting to pay for it. LOL.

As for tax increase, the amount you would pay would be so small you wouldn't notice..what mabye 10 to 100 dollars a year increase..woopie. Chances are you blow that on pop an smokes in one month or less.

And for those who say no.. these people put there lives on the line for you and me and you all are so greedy that you can't give up a day at McDonalds or you Starbucks once a month to help the police?? WTF is wrong with you.

As for those on limited income or having issue I am sorry to hear it and your right prices are getting out of hand but YOU chose to live in Lawrence. All big college town are expenisve to live in. When I moved to Lawrence I knew this and I budget my lifestyle so that I can Enjoy Lawrence.

Finally note you want to know why it is so expensive, because the Gov does not control or regulate realestate and other business functions. You have a bunch of greedy business men/women who see a opportunity to charge insane rates because they know that the ding dongs are willing to pay it. YEA FREE MARKET! Blame falls on the people of Lawrence.

The city is just trying to keep afloat and have a safe and clean city to meet YOUR demands. How about for ONCE people sit back and think.. all those wants? are they really NEEDS? wait can't do that. Got to have your SUVs, 60 inche LCD TV, iPAD, Cell Phones.. etc. LOL. you all kill me.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 10 months ago

you have so many strawmen, I'd be afraid of fire more than crime.. why are you so eager to have a police state controlling your life?

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

for me it would be more approx $500 per year on top of the $150 for the library and $200 for the M-T. You're starting to talk about serious money here.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

That includes property and sales taxes. I do OK but I'm not rich by any stretch.

Biscayne 5 years, 10 months ago

Borrow some of the cops from Baldwin, they seem to have plenty.

Clara Westphal 5 years, 10 months ago

There is always 'fat' that can be trimmed in this kind of project.

For those who are on a limited income, even a little bit more tax is painful.

ironhead80 5 years, 10 months ago

First of all guys you don't know what happens in peoples lives, you can plan your financial affairs and the odds are good you will not have to live on a fixed income. Can't predict the future, it is insensitive on some of your parts for being narrow minded and judgemental! You might be some of these people one day or worse off. I say pay the extra tax and double the taxes to the insensative and the judgemental people.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Don't buy military style guns,armored cars etc etc etc.. Cut off the militarization of the local police force. This crap is high dollar hardware and NOT necessary.

The more Lawrence grows the more crime will be born. The evidence is on the table. Bill the developers,Chamber of Commerce,Bankers and all the officials who blindly vote in favor of expansion = more crime and violence.

Who wants more crime,violence and rape in Lawrence,kansas? This should be the question. Police cannot stop crime no matter how heavily armed.

Bottom line the more Lawrence grows the crime and violence will also grow. Taxes will be increased.

In spite of popular rhetoric increased taxes and more crime come with expansion of the community..... plain and simple.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence,Kansas the tax dollar money hole and growing since 1980. Why would this attract senior citizens?

The powers that be must consider senior citizens as a fiscal irresponsible group of people. Since when do senior citizens find themselves attracted to higher and higher and higher and higher taxes?

riverdrifter 5 years, 10 months ago

"Don't buy military style guns,armored cars etc etc etc.. Cut off the militarization of the local police force. This crap is high dollar hardware and NOT necessary."

Good observation. The Baldwin police dress SWAT/commando style and all they do is set up speedtraps and write tickets (and no, I haven't gotten a ticket in many years). They'd better serve the community if they put them on bicycles and had them cruise around looking for the perps commiting the petty theft that is pervasive hereabout.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

In the real world...

It could be a buyers' market for years to come. In addition to the pending foreclosures that will continue to depress home prices when they hit the market, many experts predict baby boomers will begin flooding the market with homes for sale. Meanwhile, many younger potential buyers are hesitant to become homeowners and are renting instead.

A report by the Bipartisan Policy Center says as boomers downsize, approximately 26 million homes will come on the market by 2030. But younger generations are stymied by unemployment, tight credit, higher levels of debt than their parents and loss of confidence caused by the housing bust.

The report points to the Northeast and Midwest as areas that will feel the effects the most, and says it's already happening in some states hard-hit by the recession, such as Michigan.

Read more: Boomers to swamp housing market? |

purplesage 5 years, 10 months ago

Taxes on Lwrence properties are through the roof now.

Interesting phrase, "would I be willing?" What choice will there be?

Radar Callaway 5 years, 10 months ago

I am surpised that no one has said "Taxes are so high that it is criminal!" Or "It should be a crime to raise taxes any higher!"

NutsForKU 5 years, 10 months ago

We must do something about the safety on our roads by patrolling them more. Not only will it make the roads safer but should produce revenue and in Lawrence it should produce enough revenue to fund a new police building it is just that bad.

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