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Wichita vice mayor: Groups that get city money should provide spending records

WICHITA — Vice Mayor Jim Skelton this morning called on the Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau and other agencies that receive city money to follow the Kansas Open Records Act following a complaint by a local blogger who didn't get records he sought from the bureau.

Bob Weeks, who has criticized the bureau and the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation for not providing spending records, asked council members this morning to make the bureau provide records as a condition of the city's $2.1 million annual funding for the bureau's activities.

Council members unanimously approved the bureau's funding without making the records a condition.

But Skelton said it's important that if the city gives public money that agencies disclose how that money is spent.

"If we are open, it will avoid these types of questions in the future," he said.

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