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Sedgwick County Manager recommends increase in 2015 budget

Sedgwick County Manager recommends increase in 2015 budget

By Penny Kiryk. CREATED Jul 16, 2014

Next year's Sedgwick County budget is calling for a 1.4 percent increase.

County Manager William Buchanan presented the proposed budget to commissioners Wednesday morning.

The entire budget is just over $421.3 million dollars.

Buchanan says they want to be clear and concise with what the county does. "We want to ensure the quality of public service continues for the citizens of Sedgwick County."
 
He says there are 7 key points in this budget. "Public safety, health and welfare, public works, culture and recreation, economic development, general government and support services and debt service."
 
Buchanan says earlier this year, they originally projected a 2.3 percent deficit. "Our choices could have been to elimintate 39 employees or increase property taxes by half a million (dollars), but instead we reduced expenditures by $3.4 million, and we added about $400,000 of new revenue and EMS charges."
 
 
A couple of public hearings will be held. The first will be held July 30, and another will happen in August.
 
The budget adoption is set for August 13.

To view the entire budget, head to www.sedgwickcounty.org.