Dave_Trabert (Dave Trabert)

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Lawrence school district sees drop in operating cash despite spending less in 2015

A few points of clarification are in order. No substantiation is provided in the story for the stated spending decline but it is likely due to a change in spending in the Construction Fund. I say 'likely' because the amount is listed in the audit report for 2015 but prior year comparisons are not available. The Construction Fund contains capital expenditures from the issuance of debt, and those expenditures are never included in the Capital Outlay fund. Further, the district's budget report lists expenditures exclusive of the Construction Fund and shows a small increase in spending for the year. The increase in per-pupil spending is more because the district reported a small enrollment decline. http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/School%...

January 10, 2016 at 10:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

You are entitled to your opinion but not your own facts.

July 3, 2015 at 2:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

US Census data shows Kansas has 32% more local government workers per 10,000 residents than the national average...not that the national average is efficient...its just the average. More government workers than necessary = higher taxes than necessary. See page 16 http://www.kansaspolicy.org/ResearchC...

July 3, 2015 at 11:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback signs budget; claims success in 2015 session

There still may be a net tax reduction from the original baseline but the bill just passed is an unnecessary tax increase.

June 17, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

Gee, I thought you would accept the Kansas Department of Education as a respected organization. Dale Dennis confirmed that state aid is increasing.

May 28, 2015 at 4:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

Dale confirms that districts are getting more money than last year. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

May 28, 2015 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

I do understand why businesses and agencies need some degree of reserves. I am an accountant who has also managed companies and understand the realities of how school districts got by quite well in prior years with far lower reserves. For example, there is no evidence of USD 497 saying they lacked sufficient reserves when they had $5 million in 2005...or $6 million in 2006...or $9 million in 2007...or $12 million in 2008...or $23 million in 2009.

May 28, 2015 at 12:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes more than $1.2 million in budget cuts and reallocations

I am simply telling the truth. Mr. Doll is not providing your explanation; he wants people to believe that aid is being reduced to gain sympathy.

Parents and teachers should also know that USD 497 has a large increase in operating cash reserves between 2005 and 2014...going from $5 million to $35 million. Why is the school board proposing cuts when they have so much unspent aid in the bank? http://www.kansasopengov.org/SchoolDi...

May 28, 2015 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )