Sedgwick County

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Next week’s Republican primary election is the first real test for the conservative majority on the Sedgwick County Commission. The longest-serving member of the majority, Commissioner Karl Peterjohn, is up for re-election. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar tells us how the results of this race could determine the future of the commission’s majority.

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The first of two public hearings on Sedgwick County’s proposed budget for 2017 takes place on Wednesday morning.

The Sedgwick County commissioners have two weeks to finish reviewing the county manager’s recommended 2017 operating budget before taking a vote.

The budget totals about $424 million and includes newly defined priorities for spending increases and reductions.

Sedgwick County is looking to boost its compensation plan to help attract new hires and keep current county employees.

Sedgwick County employs nearly 3000 people, but the workforce has been dwindling for the past six years. The county lost 14 percent of workers in the last seven months alone.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is now open for voting in advance of the Aug. 2 primary election.

Paper ballots and electronic voting machines are available to cast your ballot at the Sedgwick County Election Office. You can vote at the office through Aug. 1. Next week, 15 locations across Sedgwick County will also offer in-person early voting.

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Sedgwick County released its recommended spending plan at its commission meeting today, and in it, public safety is made a top priority.

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More than 25,000 voters in 60 Sedgwick County voting precincts will be affected by several changes to polling places.

Announcements were sent out today informing people that their polling place has moved since the last election. Officials say to watch for an envelope marked “Official Election Material.”

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Candidates running for Sedgwick County Commissioner gathered for a public health forum Tuesday night, where they were asked a series of questions about the uninsured, food deserts and even immigration.


The Sedgwick County Commission tabled a resolution Wednesday that would have asked the state to withhold benefits from undocumented immigrants, saving resources for lawful citizens of the county.

The resolution asked for the state to revise a law that allows undocumented immigrants to get in-state tuition at state colleges and universities if they have gone to school in Kansas for three years and have pursued a path to legal status.

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.  


After nearly 30 years on Murdock Street, the Sedgwick County tag office in downtown Wichita is moving west.

The Murdock location will close at 5 p.m. on Friday and open at Douglas and Meridian inside the former Dillons store on Monday at noon.

“We are going to move all weekend long and we’ll have everything set up," says Sedgwick County Treasurer Linda Kizzire. "We’ll have clerks at the location early. We’ve got to test all the computers, the software, make sure everything is going to be operational before we open the doors to the public.”