The current Sedgwick County Commission is prone to fits over even modest expenditures, yet the mood was celebratory at Wednesday’s vote to proceed with a new tag office project expected to cost $2.32 million. And no wonder. It’s been a long, miserable 27 years since the cramped, parking-impaired downtown office opened at 200 W. Murdock. Commissioners’ unanimous vote means customers and County Treasurer Linda Kizzire’s staff can look forward to the opening of a new main tag office next spring in the former Dillons at Douglas and Meridian. It will have four times as many parking spaces as the Murdock facility – one advantage over the former IRS building the county purchased last year in part for a relocated tag office. Kizzire also succeeded in sustaining the partnership with the Kansas Highway Patrol, which will move its vehicle ID inspections to the new site. As county commissioners noted while calling it “long overdue,” a “good solution” and a “win-win-win,” the project also will benefit the neighborhood, where the grocery store has been closed since 2008. Well done. – Rhonda Holman
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