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The Sedgwick County Commission approved funding and renewed its partnership with the Project Access health care program Wednesday.

Project Access coordinates medical care and the supplies needed to treat people who are low-income or don’t have insurance. Doctors donate their time to treat eligible patients, hospitals donate the use of their facility, and thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment and prescription medicines are donated as needed during treatment.

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Sedgwick County commissioners elected their 2017 leaders at a meeting Wednesday morning.

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Sedgwick County will be holding a reception for outgoing Commissioner Karl Peterjohn Wednesday morning.

He’s one of two commissioners who lost re-elections in 2016.

The Sedgwick County Election Office is moving up the timeline for implementing new voting machines due to the possibility of a special election in 2017.

The new voting machines are due to arrive in January, and will undergo testing and preparation right away.

County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman told Sedgwick County Commissioners earlier this month that the machines should be ready if a countywide special election is called for the 4th Congressional District. Congressman Mike Pompeo was nominated to lead the CIA and faces a confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate.

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Members of the Sedgwick County Commission voted against the possibility of a sales tax to pay for storm water management and flood control projects. The commission adopted its legislative agenda for the upcoming year only after the initiative for storm water funding was removed.

The initiative was based on a state statute that allowed counties to levy a sales tax of one-tenth of a percent without seeking approval from voters. The option to enact that law closed more than 25 years ago, but county staff recommended the commission try to amend it. 

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Sedgwick County Commissioners passed their 2017 legislative agenda Wednesday during their last meeting of the year.

The six-page agenda includes the commission’s support for passing state legislation that would allow for the audit of election results, and pushes to restore the 4 percent cut to the Medicaid reimbursement rate that was made earlier this year.


A new accounting firm will be looking into Sedgwick County’s finances and policies.

County commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a three-year contract with BKD of Wichita. They said they wanted a fresh perspective on finances and a review of policies and procedures.

The firm of Allen, Gibbs and Houlik (AGH) has provided auditing services for Sedgwick County for many years and won its current contract in 2011.

County Manager Mike Scholes said switching firms was a business decision.

There’s a new way to dig into the details of Sedgwick County’s budget.

The county launched an interactive website called “Open Budget” this week. The platform breaks down the county’s revenues and expenditures and shows where the money comes from and how it is spent.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau says it’s a useful tool.

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Sedgwick County is moving forward with the second phase of renovations for its Ronald Reagan office building in Wichita.

The county bought the building in 2014 and spent more than $2 million getting the first three floors ready.

Three departments moved in, and last month, the building was officially opened and renamed the Ronald Reagan Building.

Currently, the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department (MABCD), Metro Area Planning Department (MAPD) and Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) occupy floors 1-3.

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Two seats on the Sedgwick County Commission are up for election this year.