Our thanks to City Manager, Bob Layton, and senior members of his team for spending time with Chamber members on Tuesday afternoon providing background information and answering questions about each of the four components of the proposed sales tax: water supply, jobs initiative, public transit, and pavement maintenance. Gary Schmitt, Chairman of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, was also on hand to answer questions about the jobs initiative.
The audience posed a series of questions to the subject matter experts:
- Is our jobs recovery just going to happen or is this jobs initiative necessary to get different results?
- Will the funds generated by this sales tax be primarily used for capital investment rather than funding operations?
- Will the city use local companies for the capital investment projects?
- How sure are we that the Aquifer Storage and Recovery solution will really work?
- The background information that’s been provided shows that the City is projecting an increase in water usage (7 billion gallons annually) by 2060. Is this increased demand primarily residential or commercial? Do your projections take into account increased revenues from increased usage?
Do you have similar questions? If so, we encourage you to participate in the last information session that will be held on Friday, July 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. This session is being offered exclusively to Chamber members, so please RSVP by noon on Thursday to Tracy Iles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 268-1114.