City of Wichita

City of Wichita

The City of Wichita is asking the public for input on the proposed 2017 budget.

City Council members unveiled the $580 million budget this week. It’s a nearly $60 million increase from the revised 2016 budget.

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Wichita City Council members have approved the sale of Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Wichita for $20 million.

Phil Ruffin, a Las Vegas casino and hotel owner, came in with the highest bid and is expected to finalize the purchase over the next two months. The city only received one other bid, one for $10.4 million from Riverfront Partners.

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Wichita’s mayor and police chief are offering sympathy and support to the Dallas law enforcement community following last night’s deadly police ambush at a peaceful rally over recent police-involved shootings of two African-American men.

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Updated July 5: Sedgwick County Emergency Communications reported receiving the following number of calls over the July 4th weekend:

Nuisance complaints to the non-emergency line:

  • 6:30 p.m., July 3, to 3 a.m., July 4 – 252 calls, compared to 145 in 2015
  • 6:30 p.m., July 4, to 3 a.m., July 5 – 378 calls, compared to 398 in 2015

911 calls:

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The City of Wichita's recently released 2015 financial report indicates slightly higher debt levels, but a strong reserve balance.

The report is required by the State of Kansas. City finances are also audited by an outside accounting firm.

According to the annual report, the city’s reserve balance is 11.4 percent, which exceeds the minimum reserve level of 10 percent. Wichita has also maintained a stable mill levy.

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The City of Wichita is considering two "offers to purchase" the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. The hotel has been owned by the city for about 15 years.

The city put out a request for proposals in April seeking qualified offers to purchase the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center, which is along the Arkasas River on Waterman Street.

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An agreement between the city and county over ambulance services will hold for another year, but there may still be efforts to renegotiate it. 

Wichita City Council members couldn’t get the votes at their meeting Tuesday to formally notify Sedgwick County that it would be ending a 13-year-old agreement over local ambulance services.  

The Wichita Public Library Foundation announced a major gift toward its new Advanced Learning Library.

Cox Business has donated $500,000 toward the new facility being built at 2nd and McLean. A cash gift of $250,000 will go toward the library’s Digital Pavilion, and the company will give another $250,000 in high-speed internet services. Foundation chairman Don Barry said during the mayor's briefing Thursday that the Advanced Learning Library capital campaign is now almost 80 percent complete.​

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Wichita has been selected as one of 12 new cities to participate in a national initiative to enhance the distribution and use of data.

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The City of Wichita is ending its annual water conservation rebate program after a year of providing energy-efficient appliances to customers.

In the program's fourth year, more than 800 of Wichita’s water customers received about $100,000 in rebates for purchasing energy-efficient washing machines, dishwashers, toilets, rain barrels and irrigation systems. Penny Feist with Wichita Public Works and Utilities says new appliances have a big impact on water conservation.

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