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Tax rebate would revitalize

Did a quick search, looks like almost every city in Johnson County has or is going to use this program. Also looks like its all over Leavenwoth County, Wichita, Wyandotte County, and maybe Shawnee County. Anyone know how its worked out for those who have tried it?

June 19, 2007 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax rebate would revitalize

This program wouldn't rebate any property taxes being paid right now, only the increase in property taxes being paid because of property improvements worth at least $5,000. The idea is that the City gets to collect all the same property taxes they do now, and in 10 years, all that increase from the improvements (and most of those improvements wouldn't happen without this program). It's a long term solution that should benefit the City.

June 19, 2007 at 7:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legends leakage

Correction, it should read:

"while City/County property tax rates have dropped by 25% since 1997."

June 10, 2007 at 12:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legends leakage

Actually, property values in Wyandotte County have grown while property have dropped by 25% since 1997. Go to first page of the summary and read here:

http://www.wycokck.org/static/cty.adm...

The property and sales tax increment were captured to help pay for the development, so the taxpayers did not loose anything. They just have to wait a few more years to get a lot of the gain. However, the spill over affect is bringing in lots of extra revenue to the County, meaning that the County does see immediate benefit. When the bonds are paid off, the City will have more money than it knows what to do with (and they're scheduled to pay off the bonds years ahead of schedule too.) That's why it can be important to invest in tourist destinations.

June 10, 2007 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special team set to study city's sustainability

If the issues are important to you, and you can't make this series of meetings, then I'm sure you can find other ways to make your voice heard. Just keep in mind that most City officials aren't going to pay any attention to an online board where all of the users are anonymous.

October 30, 2006 at 9:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special team set to study city's sustainability

I don't see the upcoming elections changing anything. Based on what I see on a daily basis, most people are very happy with Lawrence, and the few people I see complaining on this board don't seem motiviated to go out and do anything. They'll probably find an excuse as to why they aren't able to vote.

October 30, 2006 at 9:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special team set to study city's sustainability

That sounds like an excuse to me. You are part of the solution, or you are part of the problem.

October 30, 2006 at 8:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special team set to study city's sustainability

As a business owner in the City of Lawrence, I'm very happy with the current direction the City is moving. I don't see a need for a change in the local government.

If you do want change, then I would find a way to make it to the late Wednesday meeting. Get your friends together, and go speak out.

October 30, 2006 at 8:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special team set to study city's sustainability

A person can make excuses, or they can find a way to make things happen. I find I'm far more successful when I make things happen......and I ALWAYS find a way to make things happen when something is important to me.

October 30, 2006 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special team set to study city's sustainability

If you are really that upset at the City Commission and things are really that bad, then you should find a way to be there. Take two hours of vacation time if you need to. It's all about priorities. I think most people here complain just to complain.

October 30, 2006 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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