County commissioners to take public input on budget

WICHITA — Sedgwick County commissioners will take public comment about next year's proposed budget at a hearing that starts at 9 a.m. today.

The hearing is the second held by the county and gives residents a chance to say how they want — or don't want — their tax dollars spent by the county.

County Manager William Buchanan has recommended a $415 million budget that does not cut services or employees but does dip into the county's reserves.

The hearing will be in the commission's chambers on the third floor of the courthouse, 525 N. Main.

Commissioners will vote Wednesday on the budget at their 9 a.m. meeting.

People who cannot attend today's hearing but still want to weigh in before the budget is adopted may go online to and participate in an online public hearing. Click on the "2011 Recommended Budget" link and then on "Online Public Hearing."