Merger details lacking as vote nears

By Janet Reid · September 30, 2008 · Comment on this

The city's making plans to merge its bus system with KU's, but details on the possible merger likely won't be known before the November 4 sales tax election.

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matchbox81 9 years, 6 months ago

"monkeyhawk (Anonymous) says: As the proponents have pointed out, even the two taxes will not be enough to fund the empty buses, so be prepared for another property tax hike on top of the sales taxes"Monkeyhawk, I haven't seen any of the proponents talking about the two taxes not being enough to fund the city buses. Was there a newspaper story I missed? The only problem with the sales taxes (besides being a regressive tax) is that the proceeds fluctuate from year to year, that's why proponents would have preferred this to be a property tax which is more stable, but the city commission had other ideas.

monkeyhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

Vote YES for ambiguity. If, in fact, squish head is correct, all the suckers west of Kasold will be paying a giant sized tax for little to no service - (should they ever require it).As the proponents have pointed out, even the two taxes will not be enough to fund the empty buses, so be prepared for another property tax hike on top of the sales taxes.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 6 months ago

If you're opposed to the Wall Street bailout, you should be opposed to the emp-T bailout.No bailout!

Chris Ogle 9 years, 6 months ago

Talks of merger of been going on since I was in the bus business back in the 70s. The student funded KU on Wheels makes route decisions based on whats best for students. Why not... they pay for it. Add the other components, FED, STATE, Local, and they no longer control a system that they pay for. I vote NO to any new transit tax

BigPrune 9 years, 6 months ago

Why should KU work up any plans? Either Lawrence will have the money or they won't after the election.Vote no to all three and send a message to City Hall to live within their means.

Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 6 months ago

Jan-In order for the two systems to merge, both entities are expected to provide a continuous stream of revenue (KU coming in the form of required campus fees and the city in the form of the sales tax). There is no merger without these taxes - at least that's what the letter of intent says at this point.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

Jan Brocker 9 years, 6 months ago

Let me get this straight. If the T merges with KU's bus system, and the tax payers vote "yes" on both tax increase proposals, what happens to that money? I'm pretty sure the city won't need that money once it merges. Is Corliss going to donate that money to one of his other outrageous hobbies: keeping the wet shelter open and who cares what the neighbors and downtown shopping people think?The city commission "loves" him, but his actions speak louder than words. Watch out folks; he has known about plans to merge for quite some time but didn't want us to know until it was going to be too late to take the tax proposals off the ballot.

NotASquishHead 9 years, 6 months ago

The problem is that Dave "The Snake" Corliss is making plans to fund the bus system out of city coffers whether the election passes or not. Essentially saying he doesn't care what the voters want... He will just take money away from essential public services (i.e. roads, fire, medical, police, etc.) to keep the T. These services are already struggling due to year after year of budgets cuts.

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