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Thursday, April 17, 2014

County to consider funding Child Advocacy Center

BY DEB GRUVER
The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA — If Sedgwick County commissioners and the city come through with $170,000, the Child Advocacy Center could remain open for one more year.

The center serves about 2,500 children a year who are sexually and physically abused, runaways or victims of Internet crime.

The center has faced funding woes. A majority of commissioners in January voted against a staff recommendation to give the center $835,000 to pay for expanded operations and relocation. Commissioner Gwen Welshimer proposed that the county give $334,000 as long as the city provide $334,000 and the state $167,000.

On Wednesday, commissioners will vote on a new proposal: Giving $120,000 to fund the center's operating costs for 2010.

The city is considering chipping in $50,000, according to the county.

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