Do the young professionals in Wichita support the sales tax initiative?

The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the blog to provide commentary and answer questions about the sales tax. Today’s question is answered by Suzy Finn, the Executive Director of the Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW). 

Suzy Finn is the Executive Director of the Young Professionals of Wichita.

Suzy Finn is the Executive Director of the Young Professionals of Wichita.

Yes. The Young Professionals of Wichita Board of Trustees voted this week to support the proposed 1 percent sales tax referendum that City of Wichita residents will vote on during the November 4 general election.

The Board supports this referendum because it believes this sales tax will be a tool to help the organization accomplish its mission to attract, engage, and retain diverse young talent to effect positive change for a brighter future. In particular, the needs for more, diverse job options and a strong public transit system have previously been identified as keys to accomplishing the YPW mission.

“Our Board feels that maintaining the status quo in Wichita is not enough to encourage economic growth and attract the Millennial generation,” said YPW Executive Director Suzy Finn. “Wichita continues to lose young professionals while other vibrant cities in the region are gaining them. The first step in changing that trend is to ensure that we have plentiful and diverse jobs available for a highly educated workforce. A yes vote on this referendum represents a plan to kick-start growth in that area.”

Prior to voting, YPW hosted a Pro/Con Forum about the sales tax referendum that featured speakers from the supporting and opposing sides of the issue to inform the general membership and allow all Board members the opportunity to become educated about the issues prior to taking a vote.

“This is the first time our organization has taken an official position on an issue before the community for a vote,” said Finn. “It was reiterated during our city-to-city trip to Austin that you have to have a strong economic base to fund quality of life issues. We believe that if we support development of the basics needed for economic growth now, continued improvements in the quality of life areas that are important to young professionals will follow.”

Prior to voting on the issue, the YPW Board hosted a Pro/Con Forum about the sales tax referendum that featured speakers from the supporting and opposing sides of the issue.  A recording from this event is available on the YPW website at this link.