The Larned, Kansas National Guard Armory was among those announced for
closure this week. A few months ago they completed a thorough
renovation. The half-million dollar project included plumbing,
electrical, insulation, windows and other improvements. If it's like
similar buildings they might get $25 - $50K from the building if they
can sell it at all.
I wonder how many other closed facilities fall into this category.
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Other than it was KS budgetary constraints/cutbacks that was root cause
of the closure that wouldn't have been done nor was intended other than
for the need to make even further cuts in State expenditures to close
the shortfall from the reduced collections (primarily sales tax) that is
mandated by State Constitution (one place where they do at least pay
token attention to the fact there is such a thing/document still being a
At least a few previously closed have been success stories; others
haven't. The one in (I believe it's Coldwater or Medicine Lodge) was
sold to a local manufacturing startup that is now largest employer in
the County (it's a very low-population county :) ) and has expanded to
fill it and another building or two. A couple other places have
converted them to public use for rec facilities, etc., where there
weren't any other such available (or likely to be)...a couple have been
abandoned, however, as they were simply too old and out-of-date to be
cost-effective to bring to current standards for other than intended
use...nothing particularly unusual in that, of course, for 60-70+ yr-old
The occurrence to really p-o one is the announcement yesterday of some
20 of the largest school districts filing suit to force that cutbacks
not include them but be made up for exclusively by other areas...d'ed
Unfortunately, that's not likely. :(
The State Supreme Court decreed a mandatory level of funding a few years
ago which is what there isn't revenue to match. How the Courts got the
jurisdiction to set budgets over the legislative branch isn't yet clear
to me. :(
That's something that needs a Constitutional Amendment--the courts should be
able to require the government to make a lump sum payment in compensation
for damages but not to make ongoing payments in perpetuity or provide
To close this out as I see it...
First, the thought of "throwing the book" at the litigants and assessing
them additional for their chutzpah in hard times is a great gut-reaction
response. Unfortunately, what that does is simply waste even more State
funding since the primary source of revenue these folks have w/ which to
fund their lawsuits are the same funds they're claiming to be short of
(augmented by local tax assessments, but those are also, of course,
public funds so any waste of them is also a tax burden in-the-making).
As for the latter, I don't see still the right of the judicial branch to
usurp that of the legislative to the extent have done so, constitutional
amendment or no. The case revolves about what the level of "adequate"
is and the Court basically took a study funded by the litigants and
mandated it as a minimum taking the ability of the legislature to meet
its other similarly mandated duties in as even-handed manner as it could
and as it sees fit--which is their duty.
The mandated solution if carried out verbatim would dump something close
to 80-85% of all State revenue into K-12's pocket leaving virtually
nothing for any other program from social services to roads.
It's the single-issue focus group problem run completely amok... :(
*And, btw, the reductions they're so upset about are otoo 10% of the
per-pupil annual allocation. While that can be sizable in absolute $$
in large districts, it's hardly a complete shutdown of the system.
Overall, one legislator figured out that if include all State
contributions to K-12 besides this one allocation pool the overall
reduction in support is about 2%.
That's the US Supreme and they didn't adjudicate this dispute... :)
KS Constitution requires the legislature provide "adequate" funding; it
doesn't specify what adequate is. My contention and the KS Supreme
Court didn't convince me otherwise that there are sufficient funds to
educate kids with appropriated; it's the school districts w/ essentially
unlimited ideas of things to try and buildings to build and
administrators to ensure they keep growing the bureaucracy of which
they're the prime recipients that are responsible imo for meeting their
From a practical standpoint since over 2/3-rds of the state outlay goes
to K-12, there's absolutely no way any significant reduction in State
spending _can't_ impact them as well as everybody else.
The (primarily larger, used to more) school districts just have the
opinion they're entitled to whatever they ask for and it's somebody
else's job to simply ante up for them...
I need stop else't I'm agonna' 'splode thinkin' about it... :)
I thought the Washington DOT was the only ones that stupid though, around
here, it usually only takes a week or two for them to come out and tear up a
new road. You'd think that they would figure out that there is something
wrong with their sequence of opperation.
Nope. I think it's universal. As an undergraduate, I commuted to college
down Baseline Road in Boulder. For 4 of the 5 years I drove it (since I was
also working, I took 5 years to get my degree), there was a section that was
awful -- potholes, broken up, etc. My last year, they went through and
resurfaced it with new blacktop. Smooth, quiet, it was wonderful. Not two
weeks after they were done, somebody decided they needed to cut a trench
across it for a utility. Of course, the repair is never even with the
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
Here the city sends out notice a year in advance notifying all Utilities and
others that if a street needs work they have a year to complete it. After
that its don't ask to pull a permit for 4 years on any work on that street.
Seems to work but I'm not sure about the 4 years.
You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK !
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