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City looks to prioritize sidewalk improvements; funding may increase to $1 million in coming years

“I just would hate to see the program go down the tubes to fund other issues,” Soules said.

I know of no one who is suggesting flushing street maintenance down the tubes. As a citizen who drives, walks and bikes, I'd like to see a balanced approach to meeting our evolving transportation needs.

The available ped-bike funding should improve walking, biking and wheelchair access in existing Lawrence neighborhoods that have the highest density of people who walk, bike and are wheelchair mobile. Facilities need to connect people to everyday destinations such as schools, workplaces, shopping, etc.

June 25, 2017 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Audit finds the city failed to bill businesses for hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments

The auditor's position was ultimately funded last year. So we have one on the job. The city manager's budget calls for eliminating the position this year.

June 3, 2017 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Audit finds the city failed to bill businesses for hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments

I applaud Mr. Markus and Mr. Kidney for trying to get to the bottom of this, and for being open about it. Hiring an independent auditor is justified and adds credibility to the process. In fact, I wonder if other aspects of city billing need an outside audit as well.

It's frustrating to be told by commissioners and staff that there is "no money" to invest in certain things, when it turns out there could have been money if collections were handled appropriately.

June 3, 2017 at 9:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime Free State teacher Nancy Hopkins looks back on 44 years in Lawrence schools

Best wishes, coach. Thank you for helping create an open and welcoming environment at Free State. And thanks for finding ways for kids of all abilities to pursue good health.

May 29, 2017 at 7:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

If you want to encourage high density, why would you charge builders for it?

May 21, 2017 at 9:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Voters need more details about how these funds will be used.

The LJW reported that "U.S. Census data show 57 percent of renters and 28 percent of homeowners in Lawrence spend more than 30 percent of their monthly incomes on housing, qualifying them as “cost burdened.”

How much will a ten year program at $1M/year reduce these percentages? If we open 20 new affordable units a year it would take a hundred years to impact 2,000 families.

May 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence sales tax collections remain strong; a look at how local shoppers are saving the city's budget

Regarding the proposed shopping center, the number of interest to me is the net gain in tax revenue after the public expense of providing police, fire/medical, sewer, street maintenance,storm water and other services to the added commercial property.

May 8, 2017 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Independent audit ordered after Lawrence leaders find ‘significant’ sums unpaid

Thank you, Tom Markus, for trying to get to the bottom of this. With so much demand on city tax dollars, we need to make sure we are collecting every penny.

May 4, 2017 at 6:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Breaking the cycle: Lawrence woman and Catholic Charities honored for their work toward peace and justice

Congratulations and thank you to those recognized. Our community is better because you are here.

May 1, 2017 at 7:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City of Lawrence awarded national walkability ranking; evaluation makes safety and funding recommendations

Thank you to the city commission and city staff for the investments that have been made to date. Let's keep it going. A walkable community is a healthier, greener, more accessible and more equitable community.

April 27, 2017 at 7:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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