Jay Burk responds officially to erroneous Letter to Editor
I appreciate your concerns and comments. I must say that I disagree with your opinion on the new City Hall. The statement you make in your letter to the editor is correct in some aspects. This is a great building with great history. I believe for once in the history ofLawton, we have done the "right" thing. We have saved a historical building and made it something we can be proud of. For way to long since the 70's when we allowed our downtown to be destroyed and a mall to be built, we have finally done what we should have done back then. Yes I agree hind sight is 20/20, but we could have done better. Look all overAmerica, folks are wanting a redeveloped downtown area. I think this building is one of our last hopes to save what is left of our existing buildings downtown. Once we complete this building with the remaining money, we can sell the old City Hall and some other city buildings as we move to a "one stop" shopping for our citizens to use. I hope that you will come and join us for our open house on Friday, October 7 in the new City Hall.
The property tax issue that concerns the increase as you say approximately 5% yearly, that is a county assessors issue. The city government has no control of the property tax valuations. This is something that needs to be addressed to the county assessors office.
The property tax on a $100,000 home will increase about $14 per year. This is the difference between the current 15 million dollar bond and a 20 million dollar bond issue.
I believe the city council did a outstanding job of deciding what projects and funds were needed to complete these projects with the support of the citizens of our great city. For a change we have a chance to makeLawtona truly better place to live and raise a family. I support these projects not for myself, but for my 14 year old daughter who one day may want to makeLawtonher home and raise her family. If we don't address quality of life issues, these kids will move to places that do make them a high priority.
With over 30 million dollars allocated to streets I was happy that we made a huge investment in our infrastructure. Yes we could have easily used 120 million in streets, but that was just not feasible with 52 million in unfunded mandates from the federal and state governments.
In my opinion, I am willing to give up one soda a month to pay for what I feel is the most important CIP we have had in years. If you don't believe me, just ask our kids.
City of Lawton
City Hall: 103 SW 4th St.
Lawton, OK 73501