City, county budget hearings at same time raise questions

This morning city and county leaders are hearing from the public about next year’s budgets. The hearings are taking place at the same time, which a speaker at the county’s meeting said was unfortunate.

Max Weddle, who follows local government closely, said he would have liked to have spoken at both hearings but couldn’t because of the timing.

The Wichita City Council is scheduled to vote on the city’s 2011 budget today. The county commission won’t vote until tomorrow.

County commission chairman Karl Peterjohn said he wanted the county’s last public hearing to be today to give he and his colleagues time to consider the public’s comments before voting.