By Liberal Mayor Dave Harrison
When I ran for the Liberal City Commission, I made a commitment to build community pride.
To create the community that we all want takes all of the entities working together for the betterment of all.
When the city was approached by the school district to work together on a financial option for improving the schools, we had a choice to keep the traditional walls between the entities, or to do what is best for the taxpayers. That’s why I supported the use of a half-cent sales tax under the authority of the city to be used to help relieve the burden on property owners.
The support could have stopped there, but in analyzing the plan that builds five new schools and addresses the overcrowding at every level, I believe the plan had merit.
When more than 700 local residents worked to develop the plan, that also says something about our community working together to bring pride to our educational system and our community.
Add $63.5 million of support from the State of Kansas, and the plan is the right combination of funding, it’s a long-term approach to improving the infrastructure, and it is a step forward in making Liberal a more attractive community for additional business.
For those reasons, I encourage the voters to support this bond.