Opinion: Kansas Legislature must reform Kansas property tax
May 6, 2022
Since becoming a County Commissioner in 2019, I have never seen an issue that has galvanized the citizens to act like the issue of exploding valuations of property. The valuation changes lead to dramatic increases in property taxes leveled against residents. Solving the property valuation issue will ultimately require action by our legislators in Topeka.
Stieben: The property tax conundrum
March 4, 2021
Every year on March 1, property tax valuation notices arrive in the mailboxes of Leavenworth County residents. The recent exponential growth of property values in the county has sent residents into shock from the increase in the value of their property which is based upon comparable sales, and the associated elevation of their property taxes.
15 things you might not know about Tonganoxie
June 8, 2016
As Tonganoxie prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday with this weekend’s sesquicentennial, The Mirror is rattling off 15 people, places and things that Tonganoxie is known for — or maybe not so known for:
Linenberger: Wrestling, powerlifting offer winter options
March 24, 2016
Basketball is on the minds of many these days. After all, this is Kansas, a place rich in hoops tradition.
Linenberger: Repurposing former Tonganoxie Elementary School worth a look
October 21, 2015
A building that in some capacity has stood for a century was full of life for years. Now it stands there alone and deserted, its fate to be decided in the coming months. Residents again will celebrate the bustling, beautiful and active new Tonganoxie Elementary School on South East Street with events Saturday. The new TES opened its doors in August to rave reviews. Across town, the former TES, a longtime anchor in the downtown district, now could be sunk.
Linenberger: Brownback’s decision on LGBT protections should trigger public action
February 17, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded nine executive orders last week that Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson originally signed. The one causing the largest stir is one that now ends legal protection against discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered workers in state government.
Wanted: Mural ideas for Tonganoxie
February 13, 2015
Temperatures climbed into the 60s Sunday and residents responded. Folks were out and about at Chieftain Park enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures. A trip to the car wash came with a waiting period.
Legislative update
February 2, 2015
Three weeks into the legislative session, and very little (so far) has been done to address the over $757 million in projected budgetary deficits affecting both the current fiscal year 2015 and next year’s FY 2016 budgets. The deficits are there because of one reason – Gov. Sam Brownback’s uber-business friendly tax policies.
Linenberger: Greet others with warmth this holiday season
December 25, 2014
Santa Claus made a visit to Tonganoxie Elementary School last week for a little reading session with the entire kindergarten class. Children intently listened as Santa read a book about, well, Santa, of course. After a lively question-and-answer session, students filed out of the classroom where Kris Kringle was visiting. As each teacher’s class moseyed out of the room, children waved at Santa, walked up to give him a hug or asked on which of his lists were they currently.
Basehor, Linwood and Tonganoxie groups give back through Prison Garden Project
July 30, 2014
One day per week in Linwood, Tonganoxie and Basehor, residents have the pick of free farm produce at a not-so-typical farmers market.
Linwood’s Operation WildLife aiding animals despite challenges
July 2, 2014
Operation WildLife’s 20 years in operation helping injured and sick animals is often tested by financial struggles and the constant influx on animals, but that’s not stopping the organization’s founder or its volunteers.
Tranckino twins recover from reconstructive brain surgery
April 23, 2014
Blake and Lance Tranckino had successful reconstructive surgery on their skulls earlier this month and are well on their way to recovery.
Local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is not only digging up history, they’re making it
March 26, 2014
The Ephraim Basehor Chapter of the DAR, consisting of 25 members from Basehor, Bonner Springs and Tonganoxie, is starting its second year full year as a chapter. In 2013, 3,906 women joined DAR chapters across the country, making it the biggest year for new membership in the 123-year history of the organization. Kansas now has 60 of its own chapters.
Kansas Supreme Court: State’s public school funding levels are unconstitutional
10:12 a.m., March 7, 2014 Updated 05:10 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.
Letter to the editor: Snow shoveling help appreciated
February 18, 2014
I am writing this letter so that the nicest man in the world might read it.