Sedgwick County Commission

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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.

County Chief Financial Officer Chris Chronis says people can share their opinions in-person or online.

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The mayor of Goddard is a step closer to becoming a candidate in the Sedgwick County Commission race to represent the 3rd District.

Marcey Gregory submitted a petition to the Sedgwick County Election Office to run as an independent in the commission’s 3rd District race.

She turned in more than 3000 signatures, about 500 more than what was needed.

Gregory says gathering signatures the past three months put her in touch with voters.

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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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The Sedgwick County Commission brought a controversial resolution back for a vote on Wednesday.

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A Wichita-based astronomy group plans to re-open the Lake Afton Public Observatory by the end of August.

Members of the nonprofit Kansas Astronomical Observers have been working nearly a year to become the operators of the observatory. The transition is expected to be finalized Wednesday when the Sedgwick County Commissioners vote on a two-year lease agreement with the group.

Observatory Director Harold Henderson says the county owns the property and building, but won’t charge rent.

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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.

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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.

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The Sedgwick County Commission will put forth a resolution at Wednesday's meeting requesting that the state take action against benefits for undocumented immigrants.

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A group of Wichita-area health leaders and elected officials toured the Tulsa Health Department last weekend. As KMUW's Deborah Shaar reports, it was the first step in a new Public Health Sister City Program.

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The Sedgwick County Commissioners formally approved plans for a new law enforcement training center to be shared with the City of Wichita.

The unanimous vote today meets a deadline in the bid process and clears the way for the project to move forward. The city and county want to build a $9.5 million state-of-the-art training facility on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus.

The Kansas Board of Regents and other state entities would have to approve any facility built on the WSU campus.

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