Friday, August 23, 2019

Lawrence paper continues to distort school budget numbers

The Lawrence Journal-World has access to a full picture of USD 497’s budget but continues to report misleading budget numbers in its coverage of the Lawrence School District’s budget process. As The Sentinel reported earlier...

In latest ‘dark store’ salvo, assessors organization redefines appraisal term

updated August 22 The International Association of Assessing Officers’ (IAAO) board of directors is seeking to redefine the meaning of “fee simple” according to a top commercial real estate attorney, Linda Terrill. In early August,...

Business leaders won’t rule out a tax increase for Wichita Riverfront project

The private organizations pushing the Riverfront Legacy Masterplan won’t rule out tax increases for changes to Century II and the east bank of the Arkansas River in Wichita. At the first open house for the...

Maize City Administrator not enforcing election sign laws ahead of bond vote

The Maize City Administrator approves of elections signs on public property encouraging a ‘yes’ vote on an upcoming school bond election which is against the law in Maize. Driving around in Maize, a suburb north-west...

Johnson County projects property tax increase far above inflation

Johnson County released 5-year budget projections for the county, and the county is projecting annual property tax increases that are more than double the rate of inflation. The forecast assumes no change in the...

After move from spring to fall, local election voter turnout is mixed bag

A 2015 law designed to increase voter turnout may not be having the intended results. When lawmakers moved local elections from the spring to the fall, many advocates of the proposal thought the change...

USD 259: enrollment down, payroll jumps 6%, over 100 non-classroom positions added

Fearful that school districts wouldn’t allocate enough money to classrooms, legislators tried to add accountability measures to the school funding formula this year.  Now it appears their fears were well-founded. Personnel reports from the Kansas...

McClatchy seeks IRS waiver to reduce pension payments

McClatchy, the newspaper conglomerate that owns the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle, posted a devastating second-quarter earnings report on Aug. 8. The company lost $17.5 million last quarter, has less than $20...

State lawmakers unlikely to take up gun control measures

In the wake of mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says it’s time to enact “common sense, gun-safety laws.”  “We have now seen our 251st mass shooting for the year,”...

Tonganoxie residents ponder school bond project costing $94 million

Tonganoxie residents vote in early September on a bond project that’s being advertised as costing $51 million, but the total cost of the project with interest tops $94 million, according to the district’s bond...