Wichita City Manager Robert Layton on Monday released the 2011-12 Proposed Budget during a news conference at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
The overall City budget exceeds $500 million, with the General Fund totaling more than $210 million. The Proposed Budget is the result of multiple meetings with City staffers and stakeholders including the District Advisory Boards (DABs), whose members are appointed by the City Council. The City Council will review and possibly revise the Proposed Budget during upcoming budget meetings. The remaining public budget meetings are scheduled for City Council meetings on July 13, July 20, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10, when the City Council is scheduled to formally adopt the budget.
The Proposed Budget is available at www.wichita.gov. Monday’s news conference will be replayed later on Cox cable Channel 7, or City7. Following are highlights from the Proposed Budget:
- The proposed property tax mill levy rate remains unchanged for the 17th consecutive year (1994-2011).
- The reorganizing of custodial services for City facilities will save $380,000 annually.
- The condition of Wichita’s roadways will improve, with an increase of 10 percent in street maintenance funding. Totaling $6.6 million in both 2011 and 2012, the increased street maintenance funding will be used to solidify the City’s Pavement Condition Index.
- The City expects savings of $1 million annually by reshaping how community education classes and recreational programming are provided. Under a new partnership with recreation providers and USD 259, the City will assume the community education role with assistance from the School District, while recreation will be provided in conjunction with area recreation providers.
- Water Utilities has merged with the Public Works Department, eliminating five Water Utilities positions and saving $443,117 in 2011.
- Staff realignments will enable numerous position holds, furloughs and job eliminations, saving $6.4 million in 2011.
- Quarterly management furloughs that affect the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Department Directors, Assistant Department Directors and other managers, saving $169,000 in 2011.
- The School Resource Officers Program will be reduced from 11 to seven officers, saving $367,000 in 2011.
- The budget provides an additional $5 million in economic development funds.
- Restructuring fleet replacement will save $700,000 annually.