City of Wichita of officials today released a City of Wichita infographic that captures highlights of the 2016-17 Adopted Budget, which was approved a day earlier by the Wichita City Council.
The Infographic uses colorful, easy-to-read graphics to summarize citizen feedback, taxes, expenditures, savings and the budget process.
The infographic content includes the General Fund Balanced Budget of $227 million; the revenue and expenditure sources; the mill levy rate which has held essentially steady for 22 years; a stable reserve fund; an extensive community engagement process that included two social media town hall meetings with more than 1,000 comments; and expenditure highlights including the planned purchase of police body cameras for every patrol officer, $8.25 million to fund street maintenance and $2 million in restored Transit funding to implement a new route system. The infographic also includes a map of the city’s six council districts.
During the budget process, City Manager Robert Layton, at the direction of City Council, worked with Department of Finance staffers and employees across the organization to focus on strategic priorities. Those priorities include public safety, implementation of police body cameras, enhanced forestry efforts, street and bikeway maintenance, addressing illegal dumping and funding of Transit services.
Community engagement again played a key role in the development of the budget. Neighborhood meetings in conjunction with District Advisory Boards meetings were held in each Council district. Discussions with other community groups as well as City employees were also held. Two social media events on Facebook and Twitter generated more than 1,000 comments.
Download the Infographic.