After a lengthy discussion, Sedgwick County commissioners voted 3-2 to give the Child Advocacy Center $120,000 to help it stay open another year.
Commissioners Kelly Parks and Karl Peterjohn voted against the funding, saying that not enough information was made available about the non-profit center’s mission, goals and finances.
Peterjohn had wanted to defer a vote for a week to gather information he felt was necessary to have before making a decision, but other commissioners noted the center’s urgent need for help.
County staff earlier had recommended giving the center $835,000. Commissioner Gwen Welshimer proposed giving the center $334,000 contingent upon it receiving $334,000 from the city and $167,000 from the state. That seemed unlikely given the city’s and state’s troubled finances. The state already had committed $112,000.
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Wichita Police Deputy Chief Tom Stolz said the city plans to contribute $50,000 to help keep the center open.
The center serves about 2,500 children each year who have been the victims of sexual and physical abuse and Internet exploitation.