You Oughta Know

Background on city and county issues is online

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public.

For a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.

The record: Reports included in agenda packets for Wichita City Council members and Sedgwick County commissioners.

Why you'd want them: To learn more about issues coming before elected officials who make decisions about how taxpayer money is spent. Background materials are available online. The county's website allows the public to comment online about issues coming before the board.

Where you get the records: The City Council's agendas and background materials are available at www.wichita.gov. Click on the "City Council" link on the left-hand side of the page. Then scroll down to the agenda for the meeting in which you are interested.

The County Commission's agendas and background materials are available at www.sedgwickcounty.org. Use the drop-down menu to go to the County Commission page. Then click on the "Commission Meetings" link under "Online Services."

How much it will cost: The cost for the information is free.

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