Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer shared his thoughts on the future last week in his annual State of the City speech. The mayor said Wichita’s gone through time times … cutting more than 28 million dollars from the general fund over the past four years. During that same period, property values have been flat … meaning no increases in property tax revenue.
Brewer said the city has some big bills coming due … including two billion dollars over the next 30 years to maintain or replace the majority of the city’s water, sewer, and storm drainage systems.
Half of the city’s streets rank below nationally accepted benchmarks. 29% of the bridges need to be fixed or replaced.
The mayor also talked about a dedicated source of revenue to recruit and retain jobs.
There are signs that the Great Recession may be slowly fading away, but it can’t come soon enough for Wichitans. The city’s endured some difficult days.
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Our thought for today is from William Ellery Channing:
“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”