Wichita, Kansas 2021-07-20 10:16:14 –
Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) – The Mayor will announce the 2022-2023 Budget and the 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) at the City Council on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 9 am. Online at wichita.gov.
2022-2023 Budget Highlights:
- Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is underway. Income forecasts such as consumption tax, service fee, automobile fuel tax and franchise fee are on the rise.
- The factory tax rate has not changed. Factory taxes have been stable for 28 consecutive years.
- Funding from the 2021 American Rescue Planning Act (ARPA) will be used.. The city of Wichita has been allocated $ 72.4 million. Vacancy is filled and services reduced in 2020 will be restored. The funds will also be used to improve fire departments, police stations and library branches.
- Quality of life services are integrated in the cultural arts, parks and recreation sectors.. This will improve coordination and provide better service to the residents who participate in these activities.
- The operation of Century II will be reduced. This leverages industry expertise to use best practices to improve the customer experience, reduce city costs and improve maintenance.
- We manage contracts for the golf business. Contract management is pursued to improve long-term sustainability and course terms and enhance customer service.
- Road pavement maintenance efforts are highlighted, including a total of $ 163 million over a 10-year period. Total annual funding will increase from $ 11 million in 2022 to $ 20 million by 2031.
2022-2023 Budget Highlights:
- The Fire Optimization Initiative is funded. Fire departments use the data to optimize staff and equipment placement to improve response times. It also includes funds to maintain a position with 12 grants.
- Funding will be provided for additional policing resources. Includes funding for 7 additional police officer positions and 2 community support specialists. It also includes funding for violence sabotage initiatives.
- To support public security, the capital project includes $ 120 million. This includes funding fire trucks and related equipment, new fire departments, and equipment and facility upgrades. There is also funding to replace the four police substations.
- Over $ 42 million has been spent to fund projects to increase Wichita’s habitability. These projects include the rebuilt community center at McAdams Park, the completion of the Aquatics Master Plan, improved branch libraries, improved LW Clap Master Plan, enhanced South Lakes Park, and improved cultural institutions.
Resident involvement is an important part of the budgeting process. The city held the Social Media Town Hall on June 22, 2021, and staff attended a meeting of the City Council District Advisory Board (DAB). Residents will also have the opportunity to consider the budget at the next meeting.
- July 20: Proposed Budget Presentation 9am, City Hall.
- August 5: 2nd public hearing (evening) 6:30 pm, city hall
- August 17: 3rd Public Hearing 9:00 am, City Hall
- August 24: Final Hearing and Budget Adoption 9:00 am, City Hall
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