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Public Hearings on Proposed Budget August 7 and 14

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As part of the annual budget process, the final public hearings for the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget and 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) will be held during City Council meetings on August 7 and 14. Both meetings begin at 9 a.m. and are held in the City Council Chambers at 455 N. Main. The Budget and CIP are scheduled to be adopted on August 14 following closure of the final public hearing.

For residents who are unable to attend the City Council meetings, the broadcast will be televised on City7, live streamed at and on YouTube and Facebook, and shared on Twitter, using the hashtag #ictbudget18.

City Manager Robert Layton released the Proposed Budget and CIP at the City Council meeting on July 17, 2018. Due to future revenue limitations, the Proposed Budget focuses on preservation and enhancement of core services, such as Police, Fire, and street maintenance.

Since the Proposed Budget was presented, staff have engaged with the Mayor, City Council and a number of stakeholders. Based on this engagement and feedback, a realignment of several initial budget recommendations is being considered by the Mayor and City Council.

Item2019 General Fund2020 General Fund*
Retain library branches$110,000$630,000
Engage stakeholders in CityArts review$229,000$255,000
Keep L.W. Clapp open through completion of master plan $461,000n/a
Transition Economic Development funding$50,000n/a
Strategic planning$150,000n/a
Adjust cultural grant and institution fundingn/a$115,000
Adjust street maintenance($1,000,000)($1,000,000)
Net Impact on General Fund$0$0

*Adjustments to the 2020 budget are listed for planning purposes only. Formal adoption of the 2020 budget will occur in 2019.

The 2019-2020 Proposed Budget and 2018-2027 Proposed Capital Improvement Program can be reviewed at or at any Wichita Public Library location.

The City's mission is to be an exceptionally well-run city that keeps Wichita safe, grows the economy, builds dependable infrastructure, and provides conditions for living well. This mission guided development of the $600 million 2019-2020 Operating Budget and the $1.8 billion, 10-year 2018-2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

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