WF bond proposals: A closer look at Proposition A

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - On May 5 Wichita Falls residents will hit the polls to vote on seven propositions.

One of those, Proposition A, is $7.34 million and includes finishing the circle trail, turfing four softball fields at the city complex, adding two trails from Sheppard Air Force Base and Midwestern State University to connect to the circle trail that loops around the city, and fixing up parking at Lake Wichita Park.

Shirelle Edghill is all for the changes.

"It's important to us that there are services available for all and that we see the overall community thrive," she said. "So we worry a little bit less about what's going to personally benefit us."

Edghill lives right off the circle trail and uses it weekly.

She also regularly goes to the park with her husband and kids.

"As soon as the weather turns nice again we are outside," Edghill said.

She's in favor of Proposition A. Not because it would benefit her family, but because it would benefit the city.

"We are concerned about our community and seeing it grow and thrive," Edghill said. "And generally anytime there's an opportunity to see any kind of improvement, my husband and I are generally in favor of that."

C.E.O. of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Henry Florsheim said if the city doesn't address quality of life projects, the workforce will suffer.

"One of the ways you grow your talent pool is to be a place where more people are willing to stay and more people are willing to move to," Florsheim said. "So that means things like schools, downtown, trails, parks, what there is to do in your city is so important. If we expect to be competitive, expect this community to grow, there are certain investments we just got to make."

Edghill wants people to educate themselves before voting.

"Don't so much just listen to what's going on on social media," Edghill said. "Try to look outside of that a little bit and try to become a little bit better informed."

Florsheim said in regards to turfing four softball fields at the city complex, he believes that will attract more tournaments, which will bring visitors who will spend money while they're in town.

80 percent of the funds to complete the circle trail are covered by grants.

But if Proposition A doesn't pass, the city could lose those funds and have to pay 100 percent of the project and wait 10 to 15 years for it to be completed.

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