The final public hearing on the Sedgwick County budget takes place on Thursday night. County commissioners are expected to vote on the 2017 budget proposal next week.
KMUW’s Deborah Shaar explains the forecasted operating deficit.
The county manager is recommending a budget of $424 million with an operating deficit of about $4.5 million.
The deficit will be due primarily to one-time capital improvement projects and the commissioners’ desire to fund road and bridge projects with cash instead of bonds.