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Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

Your characterization of increases being followed by decreases is not true. Lawrence property taxes increased every year from 1998 to 2008, dipped a tiny amount in 2009 and 2010 ($209,000 total over two years) and have increased every year since. Taxes went from $9.6 million in 1997 to $28.4 million in 2015. That's a 197% increase, while inflation was just 43%. You can see the annual totals here http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

June 16, 2016 at 11:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

You and others who disagree with us like to say we lie, but never back it up with verifiable data. Our data comes from government.

June 15, 2016 at 5:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

We don't donate money to politicians. 501c(3)s can't do that. You might read the IRS guidelines.

June 15, 2016 at 5:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

It's unfortunate that some people become angry when citizens and legislators receive facts than refute their narrative.

June 15, 2016 at 4:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

When time is limited, everyone is given the same time to speak. No one is prevented from speaking. And we don't 'buy' politicians...we don't engage in any form of electioneering. We just provide information that many legislators find useful.

June 15, 2016 at 4:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

Last I checked, there are no restrictions on who can testify in committee hearings.

June 15, 2016 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

Sorry, we aren't going anywhere. Doesn't matter who gets elected.

June 15, 2016 at 2:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

The chart does show inflation...43%...while property taxes increased 197%.

June 15, 2016 at 2:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

We aren't trying to win a popularity contest. We are providing facts so citizens can make their own informed decisions. Not going anywhere.

June 15, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

People pay their taxes with dollars, not mill rates. We measure the increase in property tax dollars (and also mill rates, population and inflation). The property tax data is provided by the City of Lawrence to the Department of Revenue, and we obtain it in Open Records requests.

June 15, 2016 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )