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City Of Wichita To Hold Social Media Town Hall Over Budget

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The City of Wichita is holding a social media town hall to discuss the upcoming budget process.

The event is an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns about municipal spending, and where Wichita should focus its dollars going forward. City leaders will begin piecing together next year’s budget over the next two months.

This is the fifth year for social media town halls, and Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says they continue to be important surveys.

“Public engagement has certainly played a very important role in shaping our budget recommendations," Longwell says. "Last year we had more than 170,000 page views and 1,700 likes and 1,000 different comments.”

Next Tuesday, Longwell and several other city leaders will be on Facebook and Twitter to answer questions and listen to the concerns of local residents.

Last year, illegal dumping in neighborhoods, the conditions of many of Wichita’s streets, and the city’s bus system were all listed by several people as areas that need help.

The city has taken steps to address each of those issues, including rerouting bus routes to make them quicker and more rider friendly and allotting $8 million for street repairs.

Wichita City Council members will also hold public meetings about the budget in July before it's finalized in August.

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