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Utility bills

Actually, it's not true that the more we lower our usage as a whole town the better off we all are on price. Because our system is stand-alone, the City has to maintain some very expensive equipment to keep everyone's power running and available at all times. They have to provide for peak power transmission even when less is being used. The excess/unused is waste and the City is not compensated for that waste. So, the less we use, the more we will pay per kilowat of electricity or gallon of water.

Overall, we can lower our individual bill up to a point, but the more people conserve and upgrade their efficiency, the more the City has to make that up in higher rates. Ironically, the current push for everyone to increase efficiency may get the City some kind of grant money, but the more successful it is (i.e., the more people successfully decrease their usage), the more it's going to drive up the price per unit of utility usage. It's, yes, a zero-sum game.

It's time to abandon the ultra-expensive luxury of our stand-alone municipal utilities. We are in a metro area where other cities provide much cheaper utilities through larger providers. This town is not capable of maintaining the system we currently have, and that is just the plain truth. I'd estimate that already 50% of the residents cannot afford to help the City keep the municipal utilities afloat. As that number grows, there will be less and less support for the status quo.

July 28, 2011 at 10:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City council enters into water agreement with De Soto

This sounds very promising.

March 25, 2011 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Slates set for spring elections

robinbayer:

How does three paragraphs talking about yourself answer an unasked question?

January 28, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City's sales tax collections up, down in 2010

The bottom line of all of these numbers and trends is that people have a finite pool of available funds. Whether you're talking about family budgets, city budgets, state or federal budgets, there are only so many dollars to go around. Even if the feds were to print more (and they are: i.e., "buying" treasuries), it would only reduce the value of each dollar rather than creating any additional wealth.

So, back to B.C. -- You raise taxes and people buy less because more of their $10 bill is going to taxes so less of it is going to food, the gas tank, etc. Most of us do not work in B.C., so we're already in K.C. or Lawrence and we can buy more with our $10 bill there, so we do that while we are in town instead of "loyally" bringing our $10 bill back to B.C. Too bad, so sad. We have to feed our families.

Now add the sky-high utility costs to this scenario. B.C. city "leaders" have led us all into an economic crisis far worse than it should have to be. Spending more than is available is a recipe for disaster at every level. Just trying to tell people that they should pony up more money does not magically make more money appear in their wallets. So which do you want, city "leaders": Shall we 1) buy local or 2) pay all these extra property taxes and utility costs? Because you absolutely canNOT have it both ways.

Some food for thought as you brazenly prepare to hit us up for a library expansion.

January 28, 2011 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Governor's new budget cuts per-pupil state aid to schools

Welcome to the real world of business. Business owners have been dealing with this exact scenario for a few years now. No one wants to reduce their business or layoff their workers. But you can either do it intelligently and with planning, or it can be done for you in the form of insolvency.

January 19, 2011 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Time for Baldwin City residents to Take Charge

It would be very easy to go online and say you've switched when in reality you have not. And those of us who have been using fluorescent bulbs exclusively for about five years can also log on and pretend we've just recently made this change. Obviously, this "contest" is a lot of hype and a waste of (federal) tax dollars.

January 6, 2011 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Future of rural schools decision looms Monday night

While you're at it, Jimmy, please correct "have spoke" to read "have spoken." That may have been a typographical error on your part but, unfortunately, many readers will think it's the correct present perfect conjugation of the verb "to speak."

December 10, 2010 at 9:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board listens to patrons at public hearing

The most intelligent contribution to this thread, by far.

November 17, 2010 at 8:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rural School Closings

"My only question for you is what makes you think academics is so much more important than sports, at the high school level? I would say that academics is only slightly more important, and that for some students, the two are equal."

Surely you jest. Up until now, Blogger, I was convinced that you are a teacher. Now, I'm not so sure. But if you are a teacher, then you are part of the problem in this country.

Sports is distraction and entertainment. Period. The skills you learn from participating in sports are absolutely in no way ever as important as learning math and communication skills.

Anyone who wants to argue against the superiority of an emphasis on academics over sports should take a look at what successful world economies such as Germany, Sweden, China and India emphasize in their children's development.

Sports is for physical fitness, which is an important part of self-control, as is proper diet and hygiene. Academics involve specific training that will contribute to a person's ability to execute the tasks required for a paying job. Basic job skills are universal. Some of those skills do include the ability to multi-task and work as part of a team. Guess what other activities train children in these areas besides sports? Band, orchestra, choir, theatre, engineering club, FFA, FBLA, the list is endless.

The point is that kids can get the lifeskills that sports teach them from a lot of different venues. Where are they going to get their academics if not in the school?

November 12, 2010 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

QUESTIONS & CONCERNS ABOUT RURAL SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Maybe they should trade the books in the PC storeroom for the ones the middle school kids need right now.

November 12, 2010 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )