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Sedgwick County Commission to hear budget requests beginning Wednesday

  • T he Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, May 13, 2013, at 5:46 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, July 15, 2013, at 12:14 a.m.

The people who figure out how your tax dollars are spent in Sedgwick County – on public safety, culture and recreation, courts and roads – begin meeting this week to make their budget pleas.

Budget hearings begin Wednesday with County Manager William Buchanan’s message to department heads.

The county expects to end this year without a deficit after making about $7.2 million in cuts to tax-supported funds and eliminating 69 full-time positions. It also shuttered some programs, such as the health department’s prenatal program, and reduced support to the zoo, the extension center, Exploration Place and Wichita Area Technical College.

But the county still has more cuts to make. It is projected to be back in the red next year.

Budget hearings are open to the public. Meetings will take place in the county commission’s chambers on the third floor of the courthouse, 525 N. Main.

The schedule:

• 1 p.m. Wednesday: Presentation by Buchanan and budget message by chief financial officer Chris Chronis

• 1:40 p.m. Wednesday: Economic development

• 10:30 a.m. Thursday: Community development

• 11 a.m. Thursday: Culture and recreation

• 11:30 a.m. Thursday: Metropolitan Area Planning Department

• 1:15 p.m. Thursday: Sheriff

• 10 a.m. May 20: Public works

• 10:40 a.m. May 20: Election commissioner

• 11:10 a.m. May 20: District attorney

• 11:30 a.m. May 20: District court

• 1 p.m. May 20: Appraiser

• 1:30 p.m. May 20: Treasurer

• 2 p.m. May 20: Register of deeds

• 2:40 p.m. May 20: Fleet, facilities and Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department

• 10:45 a.m. May 21: County counselor

• 11:15 a.m. May 21: Human resources

• 1 p.m. May 21: Human services

• 2:30 p.m. May 21: Finance

• 3:10 p.m. May 21: Capital improvement plan

• 4:10 p.m. May 21: County manager’s office

• 2 p.m. May 22: Information and operations

• 2:30 p.m. May 22: Public safety

Buchanan will present his recommended budget to commissioners at their regular meeting at 9 a.m. July 10. Public hearings are scheduled for 9 a.m. July 17 and 31.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on a budget at their Aug. 7 meeting, which starts at 9 a.m.

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