Richardson_Snyder (Deborah Snyder)

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Westar to explain rate request at public hearing Tuesday

I asked the KCC to please reject this latest proposal by WESTAR, since its premise and justification are based on an as-yet unapproved appeal of the Great Plains merger.

One step at a time, board members...

May 22, 2018 at 7:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Looking at what may be next now that voters have rejected new sales tax for jail, mental health improvements

Wow, are we "rubes" or what?! Neither of us knew the county could leverage any sales tax into bonds, let alone creating a statute lumping the remodeling of county offices/buildings as part of its authority to spend said bonds on!

Oh. My. Goodness, there was a lot of reactionary yelling in our house after reading Ryan Hickman's post.

My question to Mr. Elvyn Jones is, *what* precisely is (KSA 12-187(b)(30))? When and How did it come to be relative to this ballot??

Please provide clarification, because ANY bond offers on PUBLIC SALES TAX dollars (without a sunset?!!) sure needs to be examined up front ... particularly as part of this mysterious statute cited above.

May 22, 2018 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County voters reject controversial countywide sales tax; leaders say jail project will proceed after public input

I would like to offer my Thank-you to Commissioner Thellman for her offer to step back from this event, and for the county commission's offer to hold an open hearing at the end of this month.

I can only appreciate how much of your time and effort went into this ballot question, and how upset you all must be that it didn't pass the public vote. Please know this, from at least my perspective: the residents of Douglas County learned a great deal more about the two issues on the ballot than beforehand; and we are all disappointed in some manner or form with how the ballot came to be presented to us.

I especially want to honor and thank Mr. Elvyn Jones of the LJW staff for his immense effort to cover all aspects of this ballot proposal. His articles should be recognized as *the* signal method of investigative journalism on issues of public policy, and the people on all sides of an issue as complicated as this one is.

I urge all parties involved in this ballot to try *REALLY, REALLY HARD* to conduct a civil, thoughtful and considerate discussion on how to proceed in a manner that (1) alleviates the concerns of jail space, such as Richard Heckler has been proposing, and (2) gives the benefit of the mental health facilities (*as proposed in the ballot*) a higher, separate consideration it didn't get the first time around.

May 16, 2018 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Americans for Prosperity campaigning against sales tax in Douglas County referendum

In the end, besides consideration for the additional property tax to maintain both 'the stick' (jail expansion) and 'the carrot' (full-service community mental health care), I have to consider the community's future for affordable single-family housing, a living wage, and the quality of education in my beloved Lawrence.

I admonish our county comission for ignoring the compassion of most voters, by failing to *reverse* the order of these two issues, and for not framing their arguments with people like me in mind.

I absolutely loathe dishonest, cynical behavior, and will never side with groups like Americans for Prosperity for any reason, which verges on 'cutting off my nose to spite my face.'

Can anyone understand my heart-hurt and (now) probable change of vote?

April 23, 2018 at 8:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Americans for Prosperity campaigning against sales tax in Douglas County referendum

I am *really* unhappy at my choices on this vote. Ms. Henderson *agrees* with me that No One wants to subsidize convicted nonresident prisoners, yet it appears we have little or no choice on that matter.

I didn't know, for example, that *state prisons* and the KDOC can summarily take over county prison space if they exceed space at Lansing! For chrisakes, this whole system, from federal to state to local jails is a mess, and NOT voting "yes" on this ballot appears only to make it impossible to obtain what we've already gone years and years without: Adequate mental health in Douglas County.

April 23, 2018 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Americans for Prosperity campaigning against sales tax in Douglas County referendum

As for the other objection, after re-reading Elvyn Jones' article on *why* Johnson County won't take in additional inmates (Especially since *their* residents comprise the state's largest number of convicted felons!) is a brilliant cop-out on taking back their convicted residents currently living in OUR jail!

April 23, 2018 at 6:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Americans for Prosperity campaigning against sales tax in Douglas County referendum

Holy-Mother-Mary-Joseph-and-Jesus-Jumpin’-Jahosafat-CRAP! I am hellatiously unhappy that *this* group of humans just had to stick its nose into this matter. That just sticks in my craw and makes me a real cranky-pants on whether to vote no anymore.

I looked up Melissa Henderson's replies to my queries on the recent interview news article about what-if scenarios if the vote fails... and not only is it true that Kansas cities *may not* exempt groceries (unlike most other states), the Koch Brothers and their ilk helped pass that law!

So, now a MAJOR objection I have to this sales tax is, in my mind, the direct fault of a cynical effort to claim why they're against it!! Jeez-oh-peets that FROSTS my cookies!

April 23, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

At forum, Douglas County commissioner explains 'what if' option if sales tax referendum fails

If Ms. Henderson is unable to answer my questions of ignorance, may I provide a "shout-out" to *any* pro-proposition poster to help me understand your position vis-à-vis these questions?

April 23, 2018 at 11:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

At forum, Douglas County commissioner explains 'what if' option if sales tax referendum fails

...issue in the manner they did, but I hope you can understand my personal reluctance to accept an "either-or" implicit threat that mental health needs clearly come second to imprisonment.

BTW, forgive my ignorance, but *why* would a taxpayer want to subsidize either a jail cell or mental health services to any prisoner from out of county? I understand if you find my attitude to be exclusionary, but 30% of the prison population becomes (in my mind) an expensive proposition, especially if that out-of-county statistic grows. I am of the belief that local taxes should pay for local needs. An example for me would be county road maintenance, or medical and shelter services for our indigents first. It's not because I want to exclude, more than addressing our problems successfully before and first, and dealing with all others afterwards.

And, to finish my selfish parsimonious thought... if we were to return any and all offenders to serve time in their home counties, how would that policy affect the jail population?

April 23, 2018 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

At forum, Douglas County commissioner explains 'what if' option if sales tax referendum fails

Ms. Henderson; could you help *me* understand why the county did not exclude groceries (food purchased for home consumption) from the 1/2 cent sales tax?

While we will (I hope) agree to disagree about this referendum, I want you to understand that I strenuously object to a regressive tax structure, particularly as it affects grocery purchases, regardless *what* the government's reason is.

I concede to you that I do not have a grasp on *why* the county chose to present this

April 23, 2018 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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