Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help citizens keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For recent You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.
The record: Sedgwick County's proposed 2009 budget, which in its printed version is 645 pages long.
Why you'd want it: To learn more about county programs and how much they cost. The budget includes extensive background about county offices and programs.
Where you get the records: The budget is online at www.sedgwickcounty.org. Copies of the budget also are available at the Wichita Public Library and at the county's finance office on the eighth floor of the courthouse, 525 N. Main.
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