Sedgwick County officials present 2021 recommended budget

Rodney Price
July 15, 2020 - 12:59 pm
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The 2021 recommended budget for Sedgwick County was presented Wednesday at the Sedgwick County Commission meeting.

The county’s goal is a balanced budget, with no tax increase and no service level reduction despite the economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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One of the recommendations from County Manager Tom Stolz is no pay increase for county staff next year but he did say there would be no cost increase for health insurance and benefits packages moving forward.

The recommended budget for 2021 stands at just over $438 million, with a property tax rate estimated at 29.359 mills. Public hearings are scheduled for Wednesday July 22 at 9 a.m. and Monday, August 10 at 6 p.m. Budget adoption is slated for Wednesday, August 12th. 

In other news, the county will be adding a diversity and inclusion officer position.

Mr. Stolz says for some time they have been looking at ways to include diverse ideas and voices, both from within and outside their organization. He says it's important for employees to be heard and outlined many reasons for such a hire.

"It will be used to enhance recruitment, hiring, promotion and retention of diverse staff, with a variety of experiences and backgrounds to make our organization as strong and inclusive as possible," he said.

The position will also help review county policies and procedures.

There's no time table for when someone will be hired but Stolz said they will be looking for an exceptional person to fill that role.

Finally, Jim Weber was announced as the new director of Public Works. He replaces David Spears, who retired earlier this month.

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