Wichita's 2020 budget approved

August 13, 2019 - 10:58 am

The Wichita City Council formally adopted the 2020 city budget and the 10-year Capital improvement plan. 

It's the culmination of efforts that began earlier this year and included an online budget simulator that citizens took part in during May and June.  The budget was presented at the District Advisory board meetings in June and a social media town hall that month had over 80,000 views and 700 comments. 

The 2020 budget will total $624.5 million.  You'll see improvements at branch libraries, the aquatics master plan implementation and public arts funding. 

Most notably, it will help increase police staffing and allow for improvements to four police and three fire stations. 
Mayor Jeff Longwell likes the direction of next year's plan.

"I think this is a good plan that will get us where we need to be," he said.

Road maintenance, another top priority for the city, will receive $3 million next year and $134 million over ten years.

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