There has been a lot of debate, advertisements, and discussions relative to the upcoming city commission elections. In order to clarify some misconceptions and understanding, I feel compelled to write. First of all Pratt is on firm financial footing. Our past commissions have had the forethought to invest in Pratt’s future by electing to prepare short- and long-term goals that provide a progressive and positive blueprint for the orderly growth of the city.


An open letter to the citizens of Pratt. There has been a lot of debate, advertisements, and discussions relative to the upcoming city commission elections. In order to clarify some misconceptions and understanding, I feel compelled to write. First of all Pratt is on firm financial footing. Our past commissions have had the forethought to invest in Pratt’s future by electing to prepare short- and long-term goals that provide a progressive and positive blueprint for the orderly growth of the city. This has been done at the same time that our mil levy has decreased by some 10 mils since 2004. Our mil levy stands at near midway in a list of sister cities of 10,000 population or less. There are some 60 Kansas cities in this category and Pratt is at or near 30. The current mil is valued at $34,000, so consider the 10 mil decrease and you have a substantial savings. In order to clarify property taxes, the County assesses these taxes for the entire county while the city receives about 10 percent of the collections for our budget.

There are those who prefer to take a negative approach to city management. I am, and always will be, an unabashed progressive and positive supporter of the city of Pratt and this community. The agenda of some seems to be confined to burned out lights in Lemon Park or whether or not a city vehicle has a Pratt City emblem affixed. These are rather picky and easily remedied problems. A city commissioner has to administer a $28 million budget and their time is better spent in this activity than on finger pointing, nit-picking , and second-guessing the administration.

Pratt is on a roll, even in these trying times. How else would one characterize the $12 million expansion and growth in the community? With the new BTI building, two new motels, the Blythe Family Fitness Center, the new optometry building, the PCC expansion, and other smaller growth activities throughout the city. One has to wonder if Pratt is so bad off — as some would suggest — then why are all these activities being carried out? The simple answer, of course, is that Pratt is a vibrant, growing community (the only county in a 10-county area surrounding Pratt that recorded an increase in population growth in the 2010 U.S. Census) with a progressive and positive future. Thanks for listening and please GET OUT AND VOTE.

Bill D. Hlavachick,

Mayor