The contrast was striking. Last Wednesday the Sedgwick County Commission adopted a budget that cuts funding to the health department and a range of other services, partnerships and community attractions while reducing property taxes a tiny amount. The next day the Johnson County Commission approved a 14 percent property tax increase so it could invest more in parks, libraries and public transit. The purpose of the tax increase, one commissioner said, was to maintain the “high quality of life” that Johnson Countians are used to, making it a “desirable place to live.” – Phillip Brownlee
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