Public Asks County Commission To Avoid Cuts

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sedgwick County residents have asked commissioners to reconsider budget cuts to the senior centers and the extension agency.

Bill Buchanan, county manager, proposed the 2013 budget last week. He is asking commissioners to cut $176,000 from the county extension agency and $66,000 from senior centers.

A spokesman for the extension agency told commissioners without money from the county it's going to be hard to provide programs to the public. Currently, he said, the state provides little money to the extension agency.

Vickie Sheppard is a senior center director in Wichita. She told the commission losing county funding would devastate services to senior citizens in the community.

The county faces a $9.3 million budget shortfall. The manager's budget proposes 79 layoffs along with the cuts to the extension agency, the senior centers and closing the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch.

There are two more public hearings set before the commissioners vote on a final budget in August.

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