Decision To Cut Crime Prevention Programs On Hold

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A decision to save funding for non-profit organizations on hold as the Sedgwick County treasurer wants more time to review a commissioners recommendation.

Commissioner Jim Skelton proposing last week to pass credit card fees to card holders, instead of the county picking up the tab. Skelton said the measure would save about $1.3 million per year.

Skelton said the savings could help fund crime prevention programs, like Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Bill Buchanan, Sedgwick County manager, recommended that county leaders cut funding to the programs to save money.

Commissioners were prepared to discuss the issue during Tuesday's meeting. But Linda Kizzire, Sedgwick county treasurer, said she would like to review Skelton's proposal before making a recommendation.

Organizers of local non-profit groups packed the meeting, urging commissioners to restore funding.

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