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Clark, the effort to raise the legal sales age for tobacco from age 18 to 21 is well underway in Kansas. A list of Kansas jurisdictions with Tobacco 21 laws is published online at http://tobacco21.org/state/kansas/.
Posted 9 October 2017, 2 p.m.
The downtown grocery committee hosts its monthly public meeting at the Lawrence Public Library on the last Thursday of each month. The next public meeting is Thursday, December 29 at 9 a.m. in Meeting Room C. All are welcome.
Posted 19 December 2016, 11:36 a.m.
I agree the 2007 report doesn't provide sufficient information regarding the explanation for the differences between the fiscal impact of apartments versus single-family detached homes. The 2007 report provides a high level analysis of West of K-10 growth scenarios and concludes that both scenarios (traditional neighborhood development vs. suburban development) result in a significant negative fiscal impact. While both would cause a negative fiscal impact, the analysis indicates that, for residential development west of K-10, traditional neighborhood development option causes slightly less net loss than the suburban development option.
The 2006 report provides much more detail about the fiscal impact of apartment complexes vs. single-family housing. In short, the 2006 report indicates that more revenue is generated by single-family housing ($31,377), on a per unit basis, than by an apartment complex ($9,038). See page 9 of the 2006 report at http://lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/...
Posted 23 April 2016, 10:29 p.m.
A fiscal impact analysis projects the cash flow to the public sector. This chart suggests that an apartment complex might generate greater demand for government services (police, fire, road maintenance, public schooling) than can be paid for with new revenue generated by the development (property tax, sales tax, user fees, etc.). A fiscal impact analysis estimates the long-term fiscal sustainability of land use decisions. For a good primer on the subject, take a look at a publication on the subject from the International City/County Management Association at https://icma.org/Documents/Document/D...
Posted 23 April 2016, 9:41 p.m.
This 2007 report, "Fiscal Impact Analysis of Multiple Growth Scenarios," also prepared by TischlerBise for the City of Lawrence, includes an analysis of development scenarios west of K-10. The full report is available at https://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/age...
Posted 16 April 2016, 2:07 p.m.
This 2006 report, "Cost of Land Uses Fiscal Impact Analysis," prepared for the City of Lawrence by TischlerBise, might offer useful information for this discussion. The full report is available at http://lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/...
Posted 16 April 2016, 2 p.m.
Your suggestion that we should combine these two ideas is spot on. As an example of another Kansas community using such an approach, Overland Park raised their bed tax to 9 percent (from 6 percent) several years ago to provide funding for a $36 million soccer complex.
Posted 15 April 2016, 7:24 a.m.
LiveWell Community Wellness Grants are provided by the Douglas County Community Foundation. More information is available at https://www.dccfoundation.org/livewel....
Posted 13 October 2015, 9:06 p.m.
Posted 13 October 2015, 8:57 p.m.
The city engineer has actually discussed this option. According to the city engineer, building a roundabout with the four lanes at Kasold and Harvard, similar to what is at Wakarusa and Inverness, would require significantly more right of way at the intersection. In fact, I think he suggested it might require purchasing someone's property.
Posted 11 October 2015, 8:35 p.m.
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