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Sedgwick County opens up budget suggestions to public

Sedgwick County is asking the public for suggestions about ways to more cost-effectively deliver services.

Its website, www.sedgwickcounty.org, includes a new public hearing link where people can leave suggestions about how to deliver services more efficiently.

The move comes as the county starts discussions about next year’s budget. The county expects to use about $14 million of its reserves this year. County Manager William Buchanan has told staff and commissioners that the gap between revenue and spending can’t continue.

"The residents and visitors of Sedgwick County deserve quality public services,” Buchanan said in a news release. “When you call 9-1-1, our firefighters, sheriff officers and EMS crews respond; when you are in need of physical or mental health assistance, our health department and COMCARE services are there; when you want affordable, quality local entertainment, you visit our parks, Sedgwick County Zoo and Exploration Place. Our goal is not to simply eliminate the services that contribute to the quality of life we enjoy in Sedgwick County, but to potentially change the way we deliver these services."

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