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Let us reason together. - Can we afford all that we WANT?
We want a new police facility and a larger police force
We want a new regional sports complex
We want a new business center where the old fertilizer plant was located
We want a bunch of new buildings with associated tax breaks in downtown
We want to expand the art center
We want to provide tax breaks to new development in North Lawrence
We have used tax breaks for a number of economic development activities around town
We want to expand our trash collection at an unknown cost to rate payers (taxpayers)
We intend to increase our water costs by 4%
We already have a mil rate increase for the library to fund
Is there more??
We have among the highest sales tax in the state
We have the third highest property tax/per income rate in the state
We are at our self-imposed limit on borrowing
The county has not been heard from other then the normal leak to suggest a mil rate increase after a 20% mil rate increase a year ago.
We have yet to hear from the school district but the teachers want a big increase that we do not have.
We are advocating replacing any future cuts to state funding with property tax increases.
Most of all of this is not sold as somebody hurting – it is mostly sold as new good things w can have. Is this a race to somewhere other than bankruptcy? Do our lawgivers plan to fleece us and then move on?
Are we paying too much to the government engines that dominate our economy so that tax increases are without pain for a slim majority?
Could the slowdown in our economic growth relate to being more expensive than other areas of Kansas? Are our amenities sufficient to overcome the higher costs?
Does anybody care?