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June 14th, 2021

EARL WATT • Leader & Times


When voters go to the polls Nov. 3, or even if they cast an early vote starting  Monday, the question of whether or not to renew to 1-cent sales tax will be on the ballot.

The Focus on the Future Committee spent more than a year gathering public input for recommendations that were submitted to the Liberal City Commission for the use of the 1-cent sales tax proceeds for the next 10 years.

Focus on the Future, a grassroots volunteer organization that helped establish the 1-cent sales tax in 1993 as a way to fund community projects, first sough input from the community on the structure of the 1-cent sales tax and then followed up with specific projects should the tax be renewed.

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It was determined that the public did want to extend the tax to fund additional community projects with the only adjustment being a portion of the tax being used to help maintain the projects that are added by the 1-cent sales tax.

Earlier this month, the Seward County Community College Board of Trustees endorsed the passage of the 1-cent sales tax, stating in their letter of support, “The Board recognizes the importance of the projects which this tax supports within the community and is in favor of the proposal to extend the 1-cent sales tax effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2031.”

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