Increased Parking Fees, Cowtown Cuts Approved In City Budget

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Wichita City Council has voted to approve the 2013 budget.

City leaders approved the $533 million budget during a meeting Tuesday.

"There are a lot of difficult decisions that had to be made as part of this budget. We have a number of positions that are vacant in the organization that are going to be held for one and two years. That's a big important part of what we're doing," said Robert Layton, city manager.

The proposed budget includes fee increases for city parking and fire inspection, and reduced library hours.

The Old Cowtown Museum will face a $50,000 budget cut, after the council voted to transfer $30,000 from the Transient Guest Tax Fund. Cowtown's Board President Dave Crockett said the cut will affect about seven percent of their overall budget.

"We are disappointed that we have a $50,000 cut. We're relieved we don't have a worst cut. We don't understand why we're the only ones to have a cut," said Crockett.

No property tax mill levy increases will be required in this budget.

You can view the adopted budget by clicking here.

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