WRITER: Austin Hornbostel

Lawrence leaders unanimously adopt $472 million 2024 budget, next 5-year Capital Improvement Plan

Lawrence leaders have officially approved the city’s $472 million budget for 2024 — and with it, committed to collecting more than $3.58 million more in property taxes compared to last year. At Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the 2024 budget, which includes a flat mill levy compared to last year at 33.207 mills. But that property tax rate, though ...

Instead of tickets, Lawrence drivers may now get a voucher to help pay for repairs if pulled over for an equipment violation

When Lawrence drivers get pulled over for equipment violations like broken headlights or defective turn signals, they may now end up with a voucher to help them pay for repairs instead of a ticket thanks to a new Lawrence Police Department program. The police department has partnered with the “Lights On!” program, a nationwide effort by the nonprofit organization MicroGrants, and it's also using funding ...

An early look at how Lawrence businesses might comply with the ban on single-use plastic bags

It’s taken years of discussion to pass an ordinance in Lawrence banning single-use disposable plastic bags, and there’s still another five months to go before it officially takes effect March 1, 2024. For at least some of the types of businesses that’ll be impacted by the ban here in Lawrence, there are already some indicators of how that change might look. For others, though, it may be a little too soon ...

Lawrence leaders to make final decision on adopting $472 million 2024 budget

Lawrence leaders will soon make a decision about whether to adopt a $472 million budget for 2024 — and, as a result, potentially increase property tax collections by about $3.5 million compared to last year. On Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission is scheduled to consider approving the city’s 2024 operating budget, as well as the next five-year Capital Improvement Plan. The budget was presented with the ...

'It's the right thing to do': Union veteran — a member of the first Black regiment to see combat during the Civil War — is given a headstone after more than a century

By all accounts, Doc McWilliams is a Lawrencian worth remembering. Born enslaved, McWilliams came to Lawrence in 1862 and the next year enlisted in the Union army’s 1st Kansas Colored Infantry, the first Black regiment to be organized in a northern state and the first to see combat during the Civil War. After the war, he lived to the age of 66, becoming a civil rights leader in local and state politics and ...

2 weeks after the start of the school year, City of Lawrence announces nearly all crossing guard vacancies are filled

Two weeks after Lawrence students returned to classrooms for the new school year, the City of Lawrence has announced that it’s nearly done filling more than half a dozen vacant crossing guard positions. As the Journal-World reported, eight crossing guard positions were vacant, affecting six Lawrence schools, as of Aug. 17, the first day of school. By Aug. 21, the city had announced it was in the hiring ...