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Age Discrimination in Lawrence


The population of Kansas is composed of about 13 percent seniors – above the national average. The population of seniors in Lawrence is about 8% based on a recent LJW article. Is it our intent as a community to drive those seniors out – maybe to Overland Park or Topeka?

Property taxes fall hardest on those on fixed incomes. Seniors are disproportionately on fixed incomes. Our 40% plus increase in property taxes in just eight years is sure telling as to our intentions toward our seniors. Added to that are fees raised by the city, new fees for old services, higher sales taxes, and more.

Our county lawgivers even acknowledged these impacts as the dumped a 9% tax increase on our seniors. Our electorate just drove another 2-mil increase on those same seniors even though there were a number of articles about the possible impact.

We get the message. It is loud and clear! We do not want you here!

The problem is that we cannot move, as we cannot sell our home. Apparently, nobody wants to move to our part of town anymore – maybe the taxes are too high or the inflated values presented by our county appraiser scare them away. If we move we cannot find a doctor as the looming cuts to our government medical programs (remember they were cut to pay for Obama Care) precludes most doctors from accepting new Medicare patients.

I wonder if we seniors can bring an age discrimination lawsuit against our local “lawgivers”. Obviously, we are too few in numbers and held in too little regard to do any thing about it through our local political system? Maybe a Proposition 13 from our unprogressive legislature – maybe they will hold us in more regard.

All we need is a little time to escape from where we are not wanted. Any suggestions?


RoeDapple 7 years, 7 months ago

Well, Boston had a tea party . . . and prohibition didn't work out so well. I bet if we could get the flow of weed into Lawrence cut by 75% or more it would get their attention. Just sayin' . .

Howdy George!

Brian Laird 7 years, 7 months ago

George - FYI. I did a bit more parsing on the mill rate for Lawrence. The increases since 2004 are due to the county and to the school district. The rate for the city has has actually gone down in this time (see below). Probably better to focus your anger on the district and county, not the city. Also, one should note that seniors under a certain income level can get a rebate of a portion of their property taxes through the KS Homestead or Safe Senior provisions, so low income seniors are protected.

Entity Mill Rate 2004 Mill Rate 2010

County 29.8 35.7 USD497 46.7 59 City 27.8 26.7

George Lippencott 7 years, 7 months ago

Yes and no. The city has been content with the 33% increase in perceived property values - not exactly tax increase avoidant. They also moved some of their costs to the sales tax and kept that which they moved (think T).

George Lippencott 7 years, 7 months ago

DISD. Let me see "many people have ..". So because others have also experienced income stagnation we should happily increase taxes at twice inflation (counting sales taxes at close to three tiems inflation)??? Is that the best you can do to justify armed robbery????

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

Be happy that you have social security (as well as other forms of social welfare) and that you paid far less into it than you will take from it. See, people my age and younger are paying dollars for the chance to get some pennies, maybe.

George Lippencott 7 years, 7 months ago

somedude20 (anonymous) says…

You have been listening to somebody’s drivel. What you say is true for the low-income participants. People at the higher end will likely not get back what was paid in their name (their payment, their employers’ payments in their name and the time value of the money so paid). That is why the Republicans want to partially privatize the program. Such a move would reduce the income transfer element of it and structure it more as the partial welfare program it is now for the low end. If you are making a lot, you have reason to complain. If you are not, you will be subsidized significantly. Do your homework – there are charlatans everywhere.

And paying into social security all my life warrants my local lawgivers taxing me so dearly?

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