The Wichita City Council today adopted the $591 million 2018-2019 Operating Budget and the $1.8 billion, 10-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) following a public hearing at its regular meeting.
The budget was guided by a citizen engagement process, maintains the current mill levy rate, and is aligned with City Council's priorities, which include a well-run city that keeps Wichita safe, grows the economy, builds dependable infrastructure and provides conditions for living well.
Citizen engagement included a special evening meeting on July 20 to receive comments and feedback. In addition, Social Media Town Hall events were held on June 15 and 20, generating more than 130,000 reaches and 670 comments. Staff also met with each District Advisory Board (DAB), and with the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Wichita Independent Neighborhoods, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.
With the adoption, the 2018 mill levy rate is estimated to be unchanged at 32.625 mills, marking the 24th consecutive year the mill levy has remained stable. CIP debt levels are projected to remain within benchmark levels and reserves are maintained at appropriate levels.
The Operating Budget and the CIP are aligned with Council priorities. In addition, the CIP is guided by the long-term Community Investments Plan, which places priority on maintenance and replacement of current assets.