Curly (Michelle Reynolds)

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Editorial: Voters speak

I think it’s funny that the citizens passed all the tax increases while yelling they want affordable housing. With no real plan on how the money will be used to help with affordable housing.
Plus, an article in today’s paper says the city found more uncollected payments. Around $400,000!!
So, if I understand correctly. The voters gave the group that doesn’t know how to manage their money more unlimited money. Plus, there is no plan on how to use the money to help create affordable housing. Also, there hasn’t been a real study to know why they have the problem of a lack of affordable housing. (No it is not greedy builders and developers. It is s much larger economic and policy driven issue) knowing the problem is the first thing you do so you can figure how to solve the problem.
Finally, the citizens voted to raise taxes on the very people that need affordable housing.
All I can say is Good Luck!

November 9, 2017 at 6:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to consider contract for affordable housing study

Very well said David!
I agree 110%
As a realtor working in new construction I listen to builders and developers talk everyday about a new regulation from the city for this or that. Each one will cost more money which is then rolled down to the buyer. The city does need to understand their part in this issue.

I also agree that you can’t solve a problem unless you know the problem to solve. What has our advisory board been doing? Why is this new tax the right way to handle the issue?

Thank you David!

October 17, 2017 at 9:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faith group wants Lawrence residents to vote yes on affordable housing sales tax

So, we want to add a higher sales tax when people shop. So when builders purchase goods to construct homes it will cost more.
Hmmm! That doesn't make sense.

September 25, 2017 at 11:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission explains support for $17 million police headquarters

Also, I thought the location was to be centrally located. Especially since the town will grow south and is growing eastward.
Seems like a poor locations

August 6, 2017 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission explains support for $17 million police headquarters

Why is the proposal okay to do without a public vote? When the last one needed public support.

August 6, 2017 at 9:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at what is in the city's proposed 2018 budget, and how much it will increase your taxes

Can someone explain why the queens road project reeuires a benefit district, which means special tax assessments on the surrounding home owners and 9th and 19th street projects don't?

July 30, 2017 at 7:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Editorial on Peaslee Tech was short-sighted

Shirley, well said, and thank you.

This city has a very short memory, and forgets the celebratory atmosphere when Peaslee opened, while citing its benefits.
The problem we have is this city doesn't have as its number one goal "Job Creation", and thus fails to realise. Peaslee's benefits.
There should be broad support for Peaslee by all.
I also believe that when school removed votech type classes from schools, it removed the opportunity for kids to try their hand at other opportunities in life. Not everyone is suppose to go to college. Some of the most successful people I know are the plumbers, electricians and HVAC people. There a huge need for more of them.

July 26, 2017 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: No to Peaslee balloon payment

Carol
Yes many construction companies and subcontractor companies donate every year'

July 18, 2017 at 6:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at a unique eastside housing development and why the city may spend nearly $60K to save a tree in it

If this tree was on the west side of town the city would have demanded the developer give the land to the city for free. Plus, carve out 10 lots to give to them for affordable housing. Then tell them to rebuild the aging street and sewer lines. All for free!

June 13, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sales tax and density fees to be discussed as new funding sources for affordable housing

Why is no one looking into the cost all the codes and regulations the city puts in new construction. The international building codes are great in concept. But the cost of those regulations to a buyer is less of a return then what they pay in a house payment.
Do you know that the cost of a house in lawrence and a cost of the exact same house in Shawnee cost is 25% more. Our building codes are that excessive.
Just think if the city reduced all their regulations
Just slightly. Not giving up the intrigity of the house we on a $200,000 house it could cost $150,000.
Wow! What a simple idea.
Doesn't cost anybody anything.
No special taxes, no grants, etc.

May 21, 2017 at 9:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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