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Lawrence City Commission approves fast-track economic incentive program for city business parks

Richard,
Because of the nature of the agreement on Lawrence Venture Park, if the industrial park remains vacant, taxpayers will be on the hook for special assessments to the tune of $9.6 million

By recruiting industrial spec development, we are able to pass special assessment costs onto the developer and therefore off of your (and my) back.

Your statement is valid with regards to normal, private development where the city is not the owner of the land and therefore is never under threat of financial risk. This situation is completely different however as the city currently owns the land. If no development occurs at Venture Park, you will very literally be made to pay for it.

April 5, 2017 at 11:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Arts deserve support

For what it's worth, according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the arts contributed $730 billion to the GDP when each day 4.8 million Americans go to work in the arts and culture industry.

March 25, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission votes to declare Lawrence a 'welcoming' city for immigrants, pursue additional support

City government is not involved in the immigrant vetting process. Immigration policy and enforcement is the jurisdiction of the federal government.

March 8, 2017 at 12:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission votes to declare Lawrence a 'welcoming' city for immigrants, pursue additional support

Welcoming city does not change immigration policy which is set by the federal government, nor detainer policy once at the jail which is set by the county.

March 8, 2017 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission votes to declare Lawrence a 'welcoming' city for immigrants, pursue additional support

I'd hate to let facts get in the way of your anger, but your first three examples: Oread, Rock Chalk Park and the police station sales tax vote all happened years before I joined the commission. As to your fourth example of our former mayor, he was off the commission within months of my joining.
As to "sanctuary city status" I encourage you to read the proclamation. You will find this does not now, nor was it ever worded to, establish "sanctuary city" status.

March 8, 2017 at 11:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board won't formally interview candidates as part of process to fill vacancy

Thank you for the work you and Patrick do in the community. VEC is an asset that I hope people take advantage of.

March 3, 2017 at 9:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New report shows Lawrence consumers were spending freely during holiday shopping season

Brett-
Regarding your first example, before you blame the city, you might ask the Eldridge why their lot sits vacant. They received both the abatement and the IRB they requested from the city.

February 6, 2017 at 6:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students of color in Lawrence school district face uneven odds

Josh- the school board is an unpaid position.

January 29, 2017 at 10:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax collection to begin for Airbnb; Lawrence looks to regulate short-term rentals

RJ -
The decision to collect sales taxes on AirBnB properties throughout the state was a decision made by the Kansas Department of Revenue at the state level, not at the local level.

January 17, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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