By Bonnie Cummins of Liberal
I would just like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the south end of Liberal.
You seem to make a lot of improvements on the north end of town: New streets, sidewalks, parks, etc. In the south end, we have gotten lights and sidewalks on the east side of Pine Street so we can walk at night and a park that was started but not yet finished. No sidewalks elsewhere that I know of and no new paving except in the new housing part, which I’m pretty sure the builder put in, and now you are redoing 15th Street to the golf course.
Have you been down Pine Street lately or down Railroad Street to 5-Points? It is shameful.
Instead of putting up statues that no one likes, that money could have been put to better use here on the south end of town.
You come around and tell everyone to mow their lawns and cut their weeds or you will do it for them and charge them. Yet there is a place behind M&M Tire that is a fire hazard and nobody says anything about it.
I have tried to make improvements on my property, but the city says I can’t unless I get a variance and then it’s not guaranteed. It costs $700.
Also, I live in the very south end of town and if something goes wrong and I need help, they argue that I live in the county.
So I ask, I pay city taxes, and they are very high. If I live in the county, why am I paying city taxes?
I went through my old tax receipts, and my taxes have went up every year since 2004. They are going up yet again because the college, the school district and city are raising their mill levies again.
You want people to live here, buy homes and shop locally, but with taxes continually going up, it’s hard to afford a one. The choices of places to shop are very limited.
Speaking of taxes, I own land and a big Morton building in Beaver County, and my taxes are about a third of what I pay in Seward County. In Oklahoma, you don’t have to pay to enroll your kids in school, and here, you lots of dollars to enroll them.
How do they do it, and we can’t?
It also costs a lot less to tag your vehicles in Oklahoma, but in Seward County, the amount is ridiculous.