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City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

Locally as I see it there are a few choices. Do the workers deserve a pay increase? Probably so.

Why does city government push hard for a wide variety of tax abatements for the wealthiest in Lawrence?

Until everyone is paying all of their taxes I do not understand how city hall can come forth with tax increases to cover the losses city hall has incurred against the will of the lions share of taxpayers?

If city hall is so certain the greater majority of taxpayers will back this increase put the matter to a vote INSTEAD of avoiding the taxpayers!!! Obviously My feelings are strong that our economy would be far more stable if all tax increases and every variety of tax abatement were
put before the taxpayers....... to deny or support.

July 4, 2015 at 8:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

talk about willful and negligent mismanagement of our economy

Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfr...

--- The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist
http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com...

--- Bush family of politicians "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?...

--- The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers
http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archiv...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/02...

--- What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money?
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10...

--- Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion,place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy)
http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archiv...

--- Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts – The GOP ENTITLEMENT Package for
the wealtiest 1%.
http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archiv...

--- WAGING WAR AGAINST USA ECONOMY.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfr...

Can America afford this reckless ALEC GOP of the last 35 years? NO!

July 4, 2015 at 8:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

I would rather quit handing out corporate welfare than increase taxes because the corporate welfare is not paying back. Lawrence gets low wage jobs in return = reckless management.

And I am not necessarily concerned with what salaries other communities are paying to anyone. Perhaps they are managing their spending and not handing out corporate welfare like drunken sailors KNOWING wage increases might be on the horizon aka planning.

There is not hard evidence that private schools are better than private schools. Public schools are required to educate every student that enrolls. Private schools can pick and choose aka discriminate. Spending per pupil where is the hard evidence?

Cannot be anymore corrupt than ALEC and the Brownback administration ---- talk about willful and negligent mismanagement of our economy.

July 4, 2015 at 8:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence home sales surge in May; new report shows local rental rates on dramatic rise; local incomes still lagging

Mars came at a high price to the area through the Brownback administration. Once the cost of each job is determined those jobs might not be such a great deal.

July 4, 2015 at 12:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Valued artists

"Will the project celebrate and sustain East Lawrence’s vibrant community? Or will it undermine and replace it?"

Lawrence needs to be very careful on this issue.

July 3, 2015 at 10:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

It's just that Lawrence cannot afford the new sewage treatment plant,the 30 million $$$$ rec center,many many,many tax dollar handouts to developers,annexation of more and more and more land, a new LPD and the Brownback administration.......... etc etc etc etc.

July 3, 2015 at 10:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

More ALEC people in government means more taxes and wasted tax dollars and much much larger and intrusive government.

July 3, 2015 at 10:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

"The budget, however, recommends that the city’s parks and recreation department receive about $230,000 in guest tax money to fund the existing program that maintains the landscaping in downtown Lawrence."

So Rock Chalk Park is a liability not an asset I see.

July 3, 2015 at 8:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

An excellent public school system is economic growth material! New buildings and such not necessarily so.

Would you favor a sales tax increase to provide more money for Lawrence teacher salaries?

Teacher Salary Support
http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2003/ma...

Of 5,198 voting 80% said yes. Remarkable ( of course we know this won't fly UNLESS the state legislature says yes)

BUT instead of shooting for a tax increase I say city government help out the school district.

How? Making better use of existing resources.

Dedicate 10% of the existing 1995 city sales tax money to assist the school district for TEACHER salaries, textbooks and supplies. Surely the legislature would approve.

“Let the voters decide”

This will leave 90% of the sales tax to the park department…. Not too shabby.

BTW this special 1995 sales tax can be delegated to any need. It is NOT dedicated.

Yes as a taxpayer I would definitely support the above 100%.

July 3, 2015 at 8:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

How about the state government payrolls,expense accounts and special interest money donations etc etc etc ?

How much are state officials costing taxpayers in the courts and by failing to obey court orders?

July 3, 2015 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )