Letter to the editor: Increasing tax burden

To the editor:

Proposed utility rate increases being considered by city commissioners are another example of the increasing tax burden on residential homeowners in the community. Commissioners discussed unfunded projects and expansion of the utility discount program.  City leaders should be discussing utilities rates in comparison to surrounding communities.  It is reasonable to benchmark our rising costs to understand the burden.  To date, I have not seen any information in this regard.

City Manager Craig Owens has discussed the disproportionate amount of property taxes generated by residential property versus commercial businesses in Lawrence. It is understandable that the community wants services and amenities equivalent to our neighbors. However, at some point homeowners will simply be unable to fund them.

Rob Chestnut,



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