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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?