An update of the proposed 2013-2014 budget was presented to Wichita City council members Tuesday. The plan includes eliminating 37 positions to help balance the budget.
The 37 jobs slated to be cut include 19 vacant positions in the Office of Central Inspection, and 10 in engineering. Also, eight police positions will be eliminated including seven grant-funded police officers plus another police position, a civilian working in parking enforcement.
City Manager Robert Layton says the plan is to move these workers into other positions.
Preparations are underway for tax changes next year. Kansas Department of Revenue staff is working this summer to write the new rules and regulations that will guide the agency as it implements a sweeping series of cuts to the state’s income tax system.
Secretary Nick Jordan says the agency is meeting with accountants and lawyers to discuss the new law and write the policies that will govern how taxes are collected for individuals and businesses.
The State Objections Board has upheld a decision by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that helped dozens of legislative candidates. The board ruled that Kobach did have the authority to assign candidates to new legislative districts, even though those candidates had already filed to run for office in other districts. Kobach assigned more than 80 candidates to run in new districts after a federal court drew new legislative maps. Kobach himself sits on the board that ruled in favor of his office’s decision. Lt.
In his State of the City Address Tuesday night, Mayor Carl Brewer said despite being challenged by dwindling revenues and continuing obligations, Wichita is healthy, focused and moving forward.
Mayor Brewer addressed a full house downtown at City Hall. He said Wichita continues to stabilize through a new way of thinking - a thinking that demands the “right” solutions rather than the easy ones.