A special election October 13th determines whether the USD 480
school board can raise the mill levy this year. The board voted to
raise the mill levy from three to four leaving Liberal on par with
Garden City, Dodge City, Hutchinson, and four mills behind Hays.
But a citizen petition currently freezes the capital outlay mill levy at 0.
If Liberal residents vote no, the 750-thousand dollars will not be
available and superintendent Vernon Welch says the district plans
for any financial restraints.
"We've talked about issues like that," Welch said. "You put the
ideas out there because in reality, it's going to happen sooner or
later. If the funds aren't here, we do need to look at what we need
to do. We have some committees together and with our board
we'll sit down and see what direction we need to go to keep the
schools operational. We've put a lot of money into educating kids.
I think everybody needs to remember that's why we're here."
District officials indicate capital outlay expenditures include: LHS
classroom expansion, roof repairs, fire alarm updates, carpet
replacement, air conditioning and heating repairs, thermostat
updates, and building budgets.