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Advance ballots for the Aug. 1 primary election for city council races around Sedgwick County started going out last week. There will be some changes to how voters will receive and return their ballots.

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The Wichita City Council agreed on Tuesday to set a public hearing to discuss Tax Increment Financing for the reconstruction of Naftzger Park downtown.

Office of Urban Development's Mark Elder told the council the preliminary concept design would change Naftzger Park from a Victorian look to a modern urban park with more use year-round.

According to Elder, the park located, at Douglas and St. Francis, is a gateway to Intrust Bank Arena.

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The City of Wichita could consider a tax increase to fund new positions in the Wichita Police Department.

A staffing study out earlier this year recommended a total of 73 new positions for the police force, including patrol officers and support staff.

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Wichita City Council members and Sedgwick County Commissioners voted Wednesday to give themselves more time to work on an agreement over ambulance services.

The often-tense joint meeting was held just days before a July 1 deadline to withdraw from an agreement under which Sedgwick County provides ambulance service to Wichita. The current arrangement runs through the end of 2017, but the city has the option of either pulling out from the agreement, or allowing it to stand for another year.

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Wichita City Council members got a look Tuesday at a very preliminary version of the 2018-19 budget.

City Manager Robert Layton said there are some balancing issues in the new budget that will be hard to address.

“This is one of the most difficult budgets that we’ve had in the 8 years I’ve been here," he said. "And that's pretty hard to say since we went through some pretty tough years during the recession."

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The City of Wichita rejected a contract with a local union that represents theatrical workers at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

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Hopefuls who want to run for a seat on the Wichita City Council or Wichita School Board have until noon Thursday to file. A few of this fall’s races are already shaping up.

Three seats are up for election on the city council: In District 1, activist Brandon Johnson, businessman Mike Kinard, transit board member Janet Wilson and Pachyderm Club President John Stevens have filed so far. Councilwoman Lavonta Williams' final term ends this year.

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Wichita city pools will open for the season on Monday—with one controversial exception.

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Wichita City Councilman James Clendenin has announced his re-election bid for the 3rd District seat.

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Wichita City Council members heard the results of a new police department staffing report Tuesday.

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