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April 22nd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Building Up America: Penny tax pays off in Dodge City

(CNN) – The CNN Express bus is rolling across Kansas this week. Today, it brings us to Dodge City. The name may take you back to the Old West, but there's a new sheriff in town and it's helped "Dodge" become a boom town. Our Tom Foreman has this "Building Up America" report.

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  1. henry III shakespeare bobert tim lonni sally mcburgerking

    HEY you people! I live in dodge and well its not as great as it sounds..i mean it's not bad but it smells like cow..i think i've become immune now but still. Amazing what a penny can do. Abe Lincoln would be proud.. Hello Mrs. Stegman!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  2. Shelly

    Wage Freezes, Cutting Wages, Cutting Hours. I haven't personnally heard of cutting Teachers, however I have heard of ParaProfessionals. I have heard of Seniority Employeess retiring so the younger generation can be able to support their families. How many people do you work with that Commute? Look at gas prices and food prices!! While people are spending their well-earned money at the Casino's who is suffering?

    April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  3. cindy

    Yes it is exciting to see Dodge City on CNN but they need to talk to the people that are working themselves to death and still on the verge of losing there homes and having to have at least 2 jobs to make it

    April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  4. Jessica

    It is truly exciting to see my community on CNN! We are a determined community and make the most of every situation.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  5. charlie

    class of "48. Love my Hometown.

    April 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  6. Daniel

    I am glad to see that Dodge City has taken it upon themselves to raise their own taxes to see things built. Dodge City is doing it the way our Founding Fathers wanted it to be done. If a city wants something vote on it and raise the money yourself instead of having others pay. The next step in cities growth should be tackling the school issue head on, and figure out how to properly fund the schools.

    April 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  7. Maria

    We are blessed...... God has been with us

    April 24, 2010 at 12:43 am |
  8. Jennifer

    I haven't heard anything about teacher layoffs and I am a teacher in DC.. I'd still say that in comparison to the rest of the United States, Dodge City hasn't seen the true effects of the recession. We have been voted the "least economically stressed county in the United States" according to a study that came out early last month, and we also have more people than homes available. I'd rather be in that position than some of the other ones across the United States after watching the news about layoffs, etc.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  9. Danny Reichenborn

    The local school district has taken nearly 5 million dollars in funding cuts from the state but the local school district has not laid off even one teacher and in fact has added two teaching positions, one maintenance person, and one secretary for next year. Liz is mistaken.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  10. Danny Reichenborn

    Great story but not entirely correct. Not one dime of local dollars was spent to build that new school (no bond issue) and in fact all recent bond issues for schools have been soundly defeated. With a growing student population of 280 new students this last year Dodge City should be opening one new school every two years but this "prosperous" community refuses to build any new space for a rapidly growing student population. Ford County is touted as being the most financially stress free county in the United States but the local school district is anything but stress free. While the city and the county are prospering quite well the local school district has taken a 5 million dollar cut in funding. The city and county could use some of their funds to help alleviate the schools funding woes but refuse to share.

    April 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  11. Johnny

    This is a great story...our taxes are the highest in the state! We love taxes!

    April 23, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  12. Nancy

    this is MY town - gotta love those cows:)

    April 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  13. John Campbell

    Congratulations Dodge City, you are still the "Queen City" of the West.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  14. Liz

    Dodge City decided not to participate in the recession? Given the fact that Dodge City just laid off teachers maybe someone should have told the recession. CNN when you do a story like this you have to give the good and the bad.

    April 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm |