City Leaders Cut Vacant Positions To Offset Budget Deficit

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wichita City leaders are recommending that 37 positions be eliminated, and another 200 will be left open as the city struggles to balance the budget.

The presentation was made to the city council Tuesday morning.

Of the 37 vacant positions, 19 are with the Office of Central Inspection, eight from the police department and 10 from the engineering department.

Mark Manning, finance director, said the eight positions in the police department are officers who were hired with federal grant money after several officers were sent overseas in the military. Those officers are expected to be back in the coming months. The other layoffs are positions that are currently open.

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

KAKE's Deb Farris will have more on what this means to you coming up tonight on KAKE News.


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