County budget might end up with a surplus

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WICHITA, Kansas – The county’s preliminary budget is out, and leaders believe they might end up with a surplus for the year.

Sedgwick County Manager Bill Buchanan was originally projecting a $5.7 million deficit for next year, but after some revisions, the county could be looking at a balanced budget with a small surplus.

The proposed budget for next year is about 2 million dollars more than this year.

It calls for a 2.5 percent raise for county workers and the funds to provide higher pay to attract new employees.

In recent years, the county had made more than $7 million in cuts, but county officials say the proposed budget reflects the slow growth they say they’re seeing.

Right now, the 2014 budget for Sedgwick County is just over $413 million.

It includes more money for the Sedgwick County Zoo, maintenance at Exploration Place and road improvements.

Under the plan, the county will also run the Judge Riddell Boys Ranch through next year, but there is no county funding to the ranch.

In fact, it will only be open through next June thanks to a lump sum payment of $750,000 from the state.

You can tell commissioners your thoughts on the budget proposal at two meetings being held next Wednesday and July 31st at 9 a.m.

A final vote on the budget is slated for next month.

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