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Wichita will use some of the money from the recent sale of the downtown Hyatt Hotel to improve city streets.

Half of the revenue from the $20 million sale will go toward repairing some of Wichita’s worst asphalt and concrete streets. Voters rejected a 1 percent sales tax two years ago that would have only generated about $8 million for maintenance over the course of five years.

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Wichita City Council members on Tuesday approved two mixed-use developments totaling $65 million dollars.

The council unanimously approved developer Uptown Landing’s proposal for a site near Hillside and Douglas. The group will start construction on the commercial and residential space next year, with an expected completion date of March 2020.

“This has been a vacant piece of land in the College Hill community for a number of years," council member Lavonta Williams said. "College Hill residents are very, very anxious to see this new development going to their community."

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The City of Wichita has revealed more details about two development projects totaling $65 million.

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Wichita residents and businesses can expect to see a slight increase in their water and sewer rates next year.

The Wichita City Council approved a water rate increase of 4 percent, and a sewer rate increase of 5 percent for a combined 4.4 percent increase. It’s less than the rate increase approved last year.

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New safety measures designed with Wichita’s Old Town district in mind could impact bars across the city.

The Wichita City Council is considering an ordinance that would require bars and clubs to make enhancements to their safety plans or risk temporarily losing their entertainment establishment license. Among the changes is a requirement that bars would have to stop playing music half an hour before closing time, to discourage stragglers.

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The Wichita City Council will have a first reading of a proposed food truck ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday.

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The City of Wichita wants to make more improvements along the Arkansas River, and it wants to expand a bond district to pay for it.

The city plans to issue Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, or STAR bonds, to fund renovations to properties along the west bank of the Arkansas River. One major focus would be upgrades to the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

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Wichita City Council members have approved the purchase of $7 million worth of equipment for the fire department.

Fire Chief Ron Blackwell says the funds will go partly toward replacing a command truck that was purchased in 1993.

“The current unit lacks the technology that is available to us today that can be really beneficial in a number of emergency situations, including hazardous materials, rescue, high-rise building fires and other special needs," he told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday.

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If you’re planning on having a garage sale, expect to pay a little more: The cost of a city sales license is going up for the first time since 1985.

The $1 increase—up from $1.50—will be used to cover administrative costs. In the past, residents could only pick up a license at City Hall or the Wichita Eagle. The City of Wichita now allows garage sales to be licensed online.

Wichita City Council Approves 2017 Budget

Aug 9, 2016
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The Wichita City Council voted unanimously today to approve next year’s budget. The budget totals about $581 million.

According to City Manager Robert Layton, the largest source of income for Wichita is property taxes, which account for about one-third of the city’s revenue. The biggest expenses for the city are the Police and Fire Departments, which amount to more than half of the city’s general fund expenditures.