Storm Leaves $2 Million Dent In City's Budget

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Repairing hail damage from the September storm that dropped softball-sized stones across the area put a $2 million dent in the city of Wichita's budget. And, that $2 million dollars is money the city can't afford to spare.

City leaders are talking about issuing temporary bonds in order to pay for it all. City crews have marked the hail dings on the roof of the south side Wichita police substation. The roof had already suffered slight damage by a hail storm two years ago. But the storm that hit September 15th dropped huge hail stones across south and west Wichita destroying the roofs of 14 city buildings.

One hundred and fifty city-owned cars and two public golf courses also suffered damage in the storm. The city has a $2 million dollar deductible. The deductible amount is likely higher than the final damage amount.

Staff needs the city council to approve $2 million dollars in temporary bond money. If approved, the money would be set up as a special fund to pay for repairs that will be paid back out of a self insurance fund. And while it sounds expensive, if the repairs aren't made, over time, the damage will grow. That's something no one wants to see happen.

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