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Marty Andrews July 21, 2018, 11:09 AM

Remember, this is about investing taxpayer money, so please choose wisely among the best strategies for the highest return on our investment:
Invest in improving recreation or arts and culture to improve overall quality of life


Here is my better idea, or just more thoughts on this overall topic:
It is nice to see all varied opinions, which I'm sure isn't making the tasks any easier for our elected officials. I do however think we need to put a hold any more tax increases. 1st. Lets get this library mess fixed and fixed fast. 2nd. Take the money from an over funded cost center and invest in profit centers ie….. Ballfields could use a little updating and definitely a way to keep at least the infields watered once in a while. This might bring a few more tournaments back to town if our kids are not playing on cement like fields. 3rd. I have no problem giving manufacturing businesses that will create good paying jobs incentives to come, even though I agree with Brenda about the size of our labor force. Maybe just maybe if property owners may be able to keep rent lower when they are not paying so much property tax. Or people might come and buy a house if they see nice facilities and a STABLE local government that can figure out how to elect a mayor without contacting our state AG. Just remember to vote folks!


James Coover July 20, 2018, 4:43 PM

Are you interested in having chickens?
No


How do you feel about backyard chickens possibly being allowed in your neighborhood?
In favor


Please indicate what you feel the benefits may be if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Educational opportunity


We welcome your feedback. If you have any other comments, please insert below.
Do to my position in the county, I will state that I have no preference one way or another over the passing of this or any other ordinance. As an K-State Research and Extension- Dickinson County agent my duty is to provide university based unbiased educational outreach.
Ordinances allowing backyard chickens is something quite common in many towns, some of which are here in Dickinson. There are extension publications and education that can help people successfully raise backyard poultry and address any issues that the owners might have.
-As with any animal, including dogs, there is a potential concern for all of the issues listed in this survey. However in my experience hens aren't inherently noisy or odorous. Chicken owners will need to consider housing, feed and equipment before purchasing any chickens. Proper maintenance and cleanliness will be important for animal health and to keep the neighbors happy. Although I can't help much with neighborly disputes, extension can help with the education required to minimize the chances of issues occurring.
-In my personal (non-extension) opinion, I believe hens can be a reasonable backyard pet with proper care. I would happy to help get people started in the right direction if an ordinance passes allowing chickens.

Veronica Murray July 19, 2018, 4:08 PM

Remember, this is about investing taxpayer money, so please choose wisely among the best strategies for the highest return on our investment:
Try to do it all


Here is my better idea, or just more thoughts on this overall topic:
I believe that there are experts who could advise the city on the most strategic way to invest as far as risk vs reward and dollar for dollar return in certain areas. Hopefully we can have some evidence based logic to back up decisions on this topic.

Veronica Murray July 19, 2018, 4:00 PM

After reading the introduction, do you believe City Officials have a good handle on Abilene's economic and financial situation?
Yes


If you were to grade this draft budget, what letter grade would you give it?
B


What else do you want City Officials to know as they consider this budget?
I would have liked to see the sales tax remain, instead of falling off. That is certainly a way to share the burden of taxes for those that don’t work, own a house, etc. Everyone makes purchases so sharing the tax burden would seem more even in that respect.

Veronica Murray July 19, 2018, 3:54 PM

Are you interested in having chickens?
No


How do you feel about backyard chickens possibly being allowed in your neighborhood?
Unsure


Please indicate what you feel the benefits may be if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Food security (an available and accessible food source), Educational opportunity


Please indicate what concerns you may have if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Public health concerns, Potential to attract rodents and pests, Potential to attract wildlife, Noise, Coops may be unsightly, Concerns that a coop will be situated too close to your property, Potential increase in municipal services and calls for service

David Montgomery July 18, 2018, 9:08 PM

Are you interested in having chickens?
Yes


How do you feel about backyard chickens possibly being allowed in your neighborhood?
In favor


Please indicate what you feel the benefits may be if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Food security (an available and accessible food source), Other - Pest control.


Please indicate what concerns you may have if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
None

Cindy Dooley July 18, 2018, 1:01 PM

Are you interested in having chickens?
Yes


How do you feel about backyard chickens possibly being allowed in your neighborhood?
In favor


Please indicate what you feel the benefits may be if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Food security (an available and accessible food source), Environmental sustainability (transportation of food, packaging of food, etc)


Please indicate what concerns you may have if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
None


We welcome your feedback. If you have any other comments, please insert below.
We are beginning to see a growing segment of the population making a shift in their consumerism: recycling and upcycling and becoming more self-sufficient in small ways. Backyard chickens is a natural extension of that movement. In addition, more and more people are looking for ways to have more control over the food we eat. Pesticides, hormones, and other chemicals are all-too-often and generally without our knowledge, being introduced into our food products. It's important to find avenues when we can limit our exposure to those chemicals. Backyard chickens and the eggs they produce offer that opportunity in a small, controllable, and relatively inexpensive manner.

Kevin Haug July 17, 2018, 9:11 PM

Remember, this is about investing taxpayer money, so please choose wisely among the best strategies for the highest return on our investment:
Invest in incentives or infrastructure for businesses to help create jobs


Here is my better idea, or just more thoughts on this overall topic:
Make sure the business that you try to bring to abilene are quality employers. Good pay and benefits try to venture away from agricultural manufacturing. Diversity will help avoid issues caused by market collapses in the future

Chris Delay July 17, 2018, 1:07 PM

Are you interested in having chickens?
No


How do you feel about backyard chickens possibly being allowed in your neighborhood?
Not in favor


Please indicate what you feel the benefits may be if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
None


Please indicate what concerns you may have if chickens were allowed. Choose as many as apply.
Potential to attract wildlife

Chris Delay July 17, 2018, 1:03 PM

Remember, this is about investing taxpayer money, so please choose wisely among the best strategies for the highest return on our investment:
Invest in incentives or infrastructure for businesses to help create jobs