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.
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.