Wichita City Council discusses 2020 budget

July 23, 2019 - 11:23 am

The Wichita City Council locked in the 2020 city budget, along with their 10-year Capital Improvement Program at Tuesday's meeting.

Highlights of the $624.5 million 2020 budget include an increase for the police and fire departments and for park maintenance with the mil levy remaining unchanged at 32.692.

Over the next 10 years, the city estimates they'll spend $2.4 billion on projects, including $524.2 million for the new northwest water treatment plant and nearly $600 million for city streets and bridges. 
Mayor Jeff Longwell was pleased that the city has a balanced budget.   "We're in pretty good shape, certainly for the next 2 years and even beyond that,” he said.

On August 6th, the council will hold a public hearing and then will formally adapt the budget August 13th.

In addition to discussing the 2020 budget, the council approved $11 million in industrial revenue bonds for Webb Industrial, LLC.  The company looks to build a 137-thousand square foot warehouse near Toben and 40th Street North, that's in northeast Wichita near Webb Road.  

The council also approved an extension request for the project completion deadline for the Delano catalyst site, located near the Advanced Learning Library.  The apartment and commercial portion of the site needs an extension to allow AT&T to relocate two fiber optic lines.  The original deadline completion date was October 2020, but the deal has been extended to June 1, 2021.

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