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City, county leaders show support for position to attract retirees

For Kansas, Lawrence is a great city to live in but that's about it. If you look at the whole picture, Kansas is the worst state to live in. 11th highest sale tax in the nation. Out of fifty states, Kansas and four other states are the only ones who tax groceries at the going sales tax rate for the area, 8.85%. Vehicle ownership costs we are right in the middle at 25th highest, even state's that have no state tax have a lower vehicle tax ownership.

Everyone knows that property tax on homes is out of sight as wells as purchase costs on homes. If you have a government pension and is out of state, your pension will be taxed. The only good thing you can say about Kansas is local pension's are not taxed and if you own an RV, they are tax by weight, not value. Also if you buy a new car and live in Kansas, all rebates are taxed. So if you buy a new car and it has a rebate of $5,000, you pay 8.85% on that $5000.

A good source for information on retiree living is a website called Taxes by State.

June 6, 2012 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City officials tell Orscheln Farm and Home it can't sell chickens or ducks from its Lawrence store

Apparently a large farm store in city limits is now not allowed to sell chickens but if you are a connected businessman with lawyers you can perform miracles with the laws.

Cause in point, a vacant commericial lot (#51, west side on 800 Vermont). Due to the smart business owner planted a community garden, this commercial lot is valued at $30 dollars and taxes are $1.12 year. The smaller vacant lot to the south of lot #51 is valued at $182,160 and taxes are $2,739 a year.

Apparently this law was set-up for farmers so there taxes would be a reasonable amount they could afford to pay taxes on large parcels of land. I don't feel the legislators have ever intended for a commercial lot to be considered agg. I'm told there are several parcels of land that are following under these guidelines but this is the only one in city limits. What a better way to make money, buy a commercial lot, plant a garden and sell it in ten years for a commercial venture.

May 4, 2012 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: NCAA success means success for Self's pocketbook, too; KU debaters support basketball while experiencing their own tournament success; two politicos to be in Lawrence on same day

Since Coach Bill is making all this money, maybe he won't mind paying back the local taxpayers all the money he and KU Athletics cheated by using illegal dealer tags on their Wheelclub vehicles.

If you or I would drive a new vehicle and for over a course of two decades not register the vehciles (not pay the required property taxes) the local treasurer's office would be after you with a severe penalty.

I guess if you make big money you can afford to look the other way and when you get caught, say I didn't know I couldn't do that. It must work because that what the general manager (51%owner) of Laird Noller told the Journal-World when he was interviewed why his dealership was supplying vehicles to KU Athletics with dealer tags.

It makes one wonder how corrupt KU Athletics is and do they ever give any money back to the community or is it just me me, more favors, more money for our already over-paid staff.

March 26, 2012 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

16 Things: Finance officer counts down to retirement

Very nice article, I'm glad to see KU Athletics has such a nice tidy sum of money in their war-chest. What bothers me is all those (20) years KU Athletics ran illegal dealer tags on some of their (85) Wheel Club loaner cars they get from various new car dealers. The local taxpayer were cheated out of a large sum of money for loss of property tax on these vehicles.

There was an article this summer that KU Athletics was investigated for using dealer tags and told to stop this illegal practice. During the Christmas break for almost a month there were two large SUV's parked outside of Anderson Sports Complex (Memorial Stadium) with Kansas dealer tags. You would think KU Athletic's would change their way and make sure these vehicles are properly registered and property taxes paid. I guess they are short of money, since they had just hired a new football coach and are paying more then the previous coach.

January 16, 2012 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

‘Big D’-fense: Ex-Dallas Cowboys coach Campo to head Weis’ defense

What's the big deal, KU hired someone who was getting fired. It's sounds to me we hired a Hasbeen who was good it his time, way back when. Why not hire some young staff full of energy who doesn't have one foot in the grave. Its seem this is how we just got our current coach who will proably follow Turner Gill in two years.

January 14, 2012 at 3:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Task force gathering data for retiree report

If you want to attract retirees, you have to do what we do with the homeless. Give them many free things, Lawrence is like a magnet to the midwest homeless and the word has gotten out. But anyone who live heres knows Lawrence Kansas is a very expensive town to live in.

11th highest sales tax in the nation, one of only six states that tax food at the maxium sales tax rate, 8.85%. Housing and property taxes at the high end of the scale, out of state pensions taxed at the maxium rate. To see how Kansas compares, goes to Taxes by State website.

It is sad when Lawrence Kansas loses more businesses then it gains in a year. If someone is retiring here in hoping for a better and cheaper life style they better be connected to a developer or a politician. Now Boeing realized they could be more efficient by moving to another state, sad but Wichita will now be trying to attract retirees to live in their crime ridden city.

January 5, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What a year: Sheahon Zenger had eventful first 365 days

As a tax-payer and someone who frequents the KU campus, I think he could do a better job of making sure his staff follows the law on their use of Wheel Club loaner vehicles. For the last three weeks I've noticed two luxury SUV's parked outside of Anderson Sports Complex with Kansas dealer tags.

KU made the news last summer about their use of dealer tags and again they are using dealer tags on their Wheel Club vehicles. I guess if you are KU Athletics you can do whatever you want because nobody wants to enforce the rules. I raised my concerns with a Campus Police Officer who would take no enforcement action and felt it was a state problem to investigate.

Its sure pays to be KU Athletics Inc to pay big bucks for coaches but not pay the required property taxes for Wheel Club vehicles.

January 3, 2012 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Athletics Inc. has recovered almost $500K from tickets scandal

As a taxpayer and someone who frequents the KU Campus, I would like the Athletic
Department to pay its fair share to the community. After reading the article in the newspaper this summer about the KU Athletic being investigated for using dealer tags on their vehicles and being told to stop this practice.

According to the article property taxes are required to be paid on these luxury vehicles and some dealers belonging to the KU Athletic Wheel Club have been avoiding paying taxes by issuing dealer tags. I was suprised last week to see two vehicles parked outside of the Anderson Sports Complex with Kansas dealer tags. With that being said it is always common to see a couple of vehicles with Missouri dealer tags.

If the Athletic Department can hire a new coach and pay him more then the fired coach, I'm sure there is some money left over to make sure the car dealers/Athletic Department pay their vehicle property taxes.

There is no doubt the KU Athletic Department has the attitude that they will do whatever they want and our untouchable by our government standards. Heck their team trailer has been running with out of state trailer tags for years and was a sound off question that the Asst. AD stated he would resolve this issue. Look for yourself the large trailer is backed up in the loading area of Anderson Sport Complex.

December 14, 2011 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legislators reaching crunch time for making decisions on future of KPERS

When I read this article it really bothers me. Anyone who has ever worked a state or county job knows the pay is low but there is an above average retirement if you meet the formula. Rule of 85, age 62 with 10 years or 65 with 1 year of service. These were the old formuals and now have changed for new hires, age 60 with 30 years or 65 with 10 years.

Kansas teachers are also under this retirement and some have retired under KPERS and went to Parkville MO to spend 5 years under the Missouri Teachers Retirement System and get a second pension. If the Legislators destroy the current KPERS, I don't think many new teachers would want to work under the Kansas Retirement System when they can go to Missouri which is considered to have the best retirement system for teachers. With that being said both KC MO and Saint Louis have their own retirement system's and both districts are plagued with problems.

Speaking of Kansas Legislators, it really bothers me after reading the article in the paper (Google, Perks for Kansas Legislators) about Kansas Legislators having their own special KPERS retirement system. Legislators work three months out of the year and make around $10,000 for their limited service. For retirement purposes they have a formula that shows them working the whole year and making around $85,820 per year. If a legislator is in office for 10 years his annual retirement would be $15,018 for life. If he/she is in office for 20 years, the annual retirement would be $30,037 for life. A hard working school teacher could spend 35 years teaching with an annual salary around $55,00 and retire making around $33,000 annually. Kansas legislators are screwing the taxpayers all the way to the bank. This explains why so many Legislators are lawyers and doctors to get a decent retirement.

What is funny about all this if you go to the KPERS website you can find lots of information about normal KPERS retirement (judges, police and fire, corrections, government-city/county/state/school districts). There is nothing about the Kansas Legislators own special retirement system.

The big question is whether the Legislators will water-down their own special retirement system. I suggest everyone call their legislator and complain about their special retirement and asked them to modify their retirement. I also feel it should be listed on the KPERS website. Kansas Legislatures, I hope all KPERS recipient's rally and next year vote out all veteran legislatures. Its time for new faces and no special retirement systems for legislators.

December 6, 2011 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Attracting more retirees to town will have impact on jobs, services, schools

I will be the first to admit that the city of Lawrence is one of the better city to live- in, in the state of Kansas. But knowing what I know now, I think a retiree would have to be on life support to consider retiring in Lawrence Kansas.

As everyone knows the taxes are very high, the jobs are low paying and the cost of homes are expensive. The state of Kansas has the eleventh highest sales tax in the nation and one of only five state's that tax groceries at 100% of the local tax, for Lawrence that would be 8.85%. The state of Kansas makes you pay sales tax on new car rebates. The KU Athletic Corporation is a corrupt organization that only cares about the ole mighty dollar.

To compare Lawrence Kansas to Columbia Missouri is a joke. Retirees living in Columbia can enjoy shopping or dining at the following businesses: Bass Pro, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sam's Club, Lowe's, Menards, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and yes three Wal-Marts.

Any business wanting to come to Lawrence has to fight city hall and a group of do-gooders. Recently Lowes gave up the fight to build in Lawrence and look what hoops Dillons had to jump through just to replace an existing store.

Lawrence is a nice town to visit but don't retire here unless your are rich and don't mind driving to Topeka or KC to dine and shop.

October 27, 2011 at 11:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )