Wednesday, July 10, 2013
"The County is in a healthy financial condition," said Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan, as he presented the 2014 recommended budget at this morning's commission meeting.
The recommended budget is up half a percent from last year to a total of $413,250,292. The mill levy will not increase and will remain at 29.359.
"There is no deficit for 2014. As a matter of fact, we hope if things go as we suspect, we'll have a small surplus," said Buchanan.
Adjustments to the budget include adding two election specialists to the Sedgwick County Election Office, adding a mental health pod at the Sedgwick County Jail, adding capital funding for projects at Sedgwick County Zoo, adding funding for building maintenance at Exploration Place, and adding funding for Child Advocacy Center.
"We certainly appreciate the County willing to fund that and make it available for us, so that we can be more efficient and be able to get things done in a more timely manner," said Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman.
Also, the County expects to continue operating the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch with no county subsidy through June 30, 2014.
Two public meetings are scheduled for July 17 and July 31 at 9 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Courthouse. An on-line hearing is available at www.sedgwickcounty.org.
The budget adoption will be on August 7.