Every year, hundreds of families in the Greater Wichita Area are taken advantage of by disreputable individuals or companies who represent themselves to be reliable, reputable contractors. With that in mind, a task force was formed to look for solutions for this growing problem. This task force consists of representatives of the Wichita Area Builders Association; the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Association; City and County officials; trade union representatives and representatives from the District Attorney’s Office. In addition to recommended changes in City and County Ordinances, which administer stricter penalties for dishonest contractors, the task force has developed a consumer education program. If you are planning to hire someone to repair or improve your property, there are safeguards you can take to ensure the best selection of a contractor.