Who de­cides on Cen­tury II?

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The Wichita vot­ers by bal­lot should de­cide how much to spend and what to do with Cen­tury II. The cit­i­zens of Wichita will be the ones foot­ing the bill not a se­lect com­mit­tee.

We elected the Coun­cil and Mayor, to rep­re­sent us when deal­ing with the City Man­ager and daily is­sues. I did not is­sue a blank check to them.

It’s over­whelm­ing to hear $76-$81 mil­lion to re­build a base­ball sta­dium, mil­lions to ad­dress Cen­tury II, and a half a bil­lion for a new wa­ter treat­ment plant, while driv­ing down streets dodg­ing pot holes. The sale of the Hy­att, plus star bonds can­not pos­si­bly put a dent in all this cost. Higher taxes and wa­ter bills that have on­go­ing rate hikes – and now an ad­di­tional 7% are loom­ing.

Due to lack of main­te­nance and not lack of money, $3 mil­lion to re­pair the roof of Cen­tury II was di­verted to save a con­demned park­ing garage con­nect­ing two empty build­ings. The Art Mu­seum’s roof was left in dis­re­pair un­til it leaked into the base­ment.

It is ir­re­spon­si­ble for our city lead­ers to ex­pect the tax pay­ers to lift th­ese im­mense ex­penses when the in­di­vid­ual has no voice.

Mary Kay Ricke, Wichita

So­cial Se­cu­rity is not rad­i­cally over­hauled for those of us who have come to de­pend on it.

Pam Rosen­berry, Wichita

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