Robert Layton

5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Sales Tax Referendum: A Conversation With Wichita City Manager Bob Layton

A one-cent sales tax for the city of Wichita will be brought before voters in this November’s election. The tax would last five years and bring in roughly $400 million dollars. The bulk of that would be used for long-term drought protection and job creation, with Wichita Transit and street improvements sharing about $70 million. 


KMUW’s Sean Sandefur sat down with Wichita City Manager Bob Layton to better understand this proposed sales tax.

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11:22 am
Fri September 5, 2014

"No Ferguson Here," A Community Discussion in Wichita

After speaking to panelists at the "No Ferguson Here" meeting, a man shouts to the crowd.
Credit Sean Sandefur

On Sept. 5, KMUW aired a story about policing in Sedgwick County. We took a look at a military equipment acquired through the federal government's 1033 program, including a newly acquired armored vehicle.

The following story focuses on a public meeting held last week called “No Ferguson Here.” In response to the events in Ferguson, MO over the death of Michael Brown, Wichita's city officials and citizens came together to discuss the relationships between area police and the people they serve.

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Wichita City Council
4:39 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Wichita City Manager Gets First Pay Raise

The Wichita City Council today unanimously approved an 8 percent raise for City Manager Bob Layton.

The council had not given Layton a pay raise since he was hired in 2008, due to overall economic budget restraints.

All of the council members thanked Layton for his efforts including Jeff Longwell who says he appreciates the hard work that Layton has done on behalf of the citizens in the city.

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