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Sheering the Sheep
Maybe it is me but it seems like a lot of future development here about is dependent on government underwriting. One group wants to levy taxes to among other things make capital improvements to their property. When did a business get the right to tax me?? We have another group that wants to not pay property taxes. There appears to be no specific ROI to the average taxpayer in that project although the notion of urban renewal is wrapped therein.
Still another group wants a prime piece of public property in return for a nicer parking garage and as yet unspecified government support. What does the average taxpayer get from this? We are annexing land discontinuous with the city and not part of the 2020 plan with a commitment to provide public services. Who pays for this drill? We have committed ourselves to the “farmland” venture with insufficient funds to clean it up and no clear statement of costs to provide the public infrastructure not covered by the environmental clean up fund. I could go on
Are you all comfortable with this? When did the government assume responsibility for business investments? How do we determine who gets such investments (good friends of the elected few?)? How much do we spend? Could a little be good and a lot more better? Who gets to pay? Lawrence is mostly driven by property taxes paid by a minority (let’s here it renters). Is there no limit to the role of government and more importantly no constraint on what it does or where it goes? Is anybody adding up the full costs of our commitments?
This could get ugly in the long run unless we establish some generally agreed upon ground rules. Our current lawgivers will be basking in the warmth of Cancun when the cumulative bills for all these actions come due. Did we not spend a bunch of money on a mall that resulted in much less than promised?
Guess the students and the local faculty can pay. Maybe the retirees we are seeking will not do their homework and be available to pay the bill. Anybody else will see the open ended sink for public funds that this process can become. I wonder how many will stay around to be shorn.