Final public hearings next week on city, county budgets

If you want to weigh in on how the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County plan to spend taxpayer dollars next year, next week is your last chance.

City and county leaders will vote Tuesday on next year’s budgets.

Public hearings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at city hall and the courthouse, after which city council and commission members will vote.

The city’s proposed budget for next year is about $519 million, and the county’s is about $415 million.

The city will furlough many of its employees to get through lean times and plans to cut about 65 positions.

The county will draw from reserves to weather the economy. It does not plan to lay off or furlough employees.

You can see the city’s budget at and the county’s at