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With a week left before the City Council is scheduled to adopt next year’s budget, some Wichita residents are still urging city leaders to make significant changes to funding for police and animal control services.

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In an effort to make up for millions of dollars in revenue lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wichita's proposed 2021 budget includes cuts in several departments — while other departments are getting a boost.

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Wichita started off 2020 "in good financial condition," says City Manager Robert Layton. 

"Then, COVID-19 hit."

The city was in the early stages of preparing the 2021 budget when the coronavirus pandemic began, Layton says, forcing the entire country — its businesses, its schools and its economy — to essentially shut down.

"The city situation is probably similar to what our citizens are going through, what our business owners are going through," Layton says.

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Residents on Tuesday urged City Council members to protect Wichita’s “quality of life” in next year’s budget.

Council members listened to more than an hour of public comments over the proposed 2019 budget — most of it centered on making sure the city’s cultural programming is funded in the future.

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Two Wichita branch libraries that had been set to close in the coming years are safe for now.

Mayor Jeff Longwell announced Thursday that, in a reversal from an earlier budget recommendation presented to the City Council, Linwood and Evergreen branch libraries will be fully funded, as will CityArts. The city had been considering partnering with a third-party organization to operate the downtown art gallery and studio space.

"We don't intend to shut down those quality-of-life opportunities in the 2019 budget season," he said.

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Two Wichita public libraries could close under the city's new proposed budget.

The city is considering closing the Linwood Library in south Wichita next year and is looking at either closing or restructuring the Evergreen Library in north Wichita in 2020.

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The Wichita City Council on Tuesday passed its 2018-19 budget, and voted to add $4 million to its long-term spending plan to eventually build a new pool in the northeast part of the city.

Passing the $590 million operating budget was not a problem.

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The City of Wichita is holding a special meeting Thursday night for the public to learn more about the proposed 2018-19 budget.

The nearly $600 million budget includes funding for the first phase of a recent staffing plan for the Wichita Police Department. It also funds five full-time and six part-time positions at the Advanced Learning Library opening next year, and supports a four-year sustainability plan for the city's transit system.

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Wichita City Council members got a look Tuesday at a very preliminary version of the 2018-19 budget.

City Manager Robert Layton said there are some balancing issues in the new budget that will be hard to address.

“This is one of the most difficult budgets that we’ve had in the 8 years I’ve been here," he said. "And that's pretty hard to say since we went through some pretty tough years during the recession."

Wichita City Council Approves 2017 Budget

Aug 9, 2016
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The Wichita City Council voted unanimously today to approve next year’s budget. The budget totals about $581 million.

According to City Manager Robert Layton, the largest source of income for Wichita is property taxes, which account for about one-third of the city’s revenue. The biggest expenses for the city are the Police and Fire Departments, which amount to more than half of the city’s general fund expenditures.

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