Wichita City Council discusses proposed 2019 budget

City Manager Robert Layton presented report

July 17, 2018 - 12:36 pm

The Wichita City Council heard details on next year's proposed city budget from City Manager Robert Layton at Tuesday morning's meeting.

Highlights of the proposed 600 million dollar budget include an unchanged mill levy, optimizing fire staff response to non-emergency calls and a 2 million dollar increase in street maintenance.

While next year's budget calls for Clapp Golf Course to be closed, Mayor Jeff Longwell gave his two cents on the course, which lost over 230 thousand dollars last year.  

“I don’t believe we’re ready, and until we have further discussion, I can say that I am not ready at this point to close Clapp.   I think there might be some other options to look at,” Mayor Longwell said.
The Linwood Branch library would be closed in 2019. Also a private firm would take over operation of the city's animal shelter from the police department.

The city council will hold a public hearing about the budget on August 7, with adoption of the plan one week later.

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