Last week the Wichita City Council passed a budget for the coming year. It’s a $543 million spending plan that focuses on core city services like police, fire, and other public safety programs. Issues to be resolved in the future include arts funding, tipping fees at landfills, and possible updates to Watson Park.
There’s a million dollars in the budget as part of a plan with Sedgwick County to invest in the Wichita/Valley Center Flood Control and maintain its certification. I’ll bet most folks agree that any investment in the Big Ditch is money well spent. That channel has proven its worth time and again … most recently with this unusual late-summer rain. The Big Ditch has been running near capacity … along with the two rivers that flow through Wichita.
The city council has also kept the property tax levy flat for the 20th consecutive year.
That means the city, county, and Wichita school district have all held the line on tax increases again this year.