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Education is a major focus of the Liberal community. At the primary level, there are seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and a new eight million dollar high school. At the secondary level, Liberal Area Vo-tech offers courses in vocational skills such as auto mechanics and electrical engineering, while Seward County Community College offers Associate Degrees in a variety of Arts and Sciences subjects. Both institutions offer training programs to area businesses and the college presents interactive television which brings the rest of the world to our door through fiber optic cables. SCCC also offers opportunities to receive advanced degrees in conjunction with several four-year colleges in Kansas.

True to our culturally diverse city, residents worship and nurture their faith in many ways. Over thirty denominations gather weekly to worship, lending strength and faith to our community.

Southwest Medical Center has become a regional medical center for the tri-state area. With 27 physicians representing nearly every specialty, SWMC offers patients state of the art facilities. Completely renovated to include 93 beds, an MRI facility, 24 hour emergency/ambulance service, and a hemodialysis unit SWMC meets the needs of Liberal and the surrounding area with uncompromising quality and knowledge in the ever expanding world of health and recovery. Woodland Terrace is a newer addition to the Liberal community, featuring beautifully designed apartment homes. Woodland Terrace offers a retirement lifestyle unsurpassed in Southwest Kansas.

The City of Liberal and Seward County are both governed by five-member elected commissions. Both meet on a bi-weekly basis and meetings are open to the community.

The Seward County Sheriff's Department and the Liberal City Police Force have a staff of nearly 40 full-time and 12 part-time officers. Our Fire Department has 10 full-time employees located throughout the city on call 24 hours a day and backed by a volunteer force throughout the city and county.

Electrical and gas needs of Seward County are provided by Energy One. The total wattage for West Plains Energy is 67 megawatts, and continuous gas service has been contractually guaranteed through the year 1996. Liberal's water is supplied by 15 wells capable of pumping 6,500,000 gallons of water per day. A waste water treatment plant located directly east of Liberal has the capacity to provide waste treatment for up to 25,000 people.

Kansas uniform assessment laws require that personal property be assessed annually at 30% on fair market value. Real property is also required to be assessed at 30% on fair market value. State wide reappraisal of real and personal property is now underway to bring all taxing agencies up to the standard set by statute.



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