Sedgwick County residents speak out against funding cut to Extension Service

In addition to speaking out against a recommendation to close the Kansas Coliseum complex, Sedgwick County residents also are urging commissioners to keep full funding for the Sedgwick County Extension Service.

County manager William Buchanan’s recommended budget for next year includes a $100,000 decrease to the Extension Service, which would cut more than half of its operating budget.

Speakers have talked about how the Extension Service’s programs help families and children. “Through the 4-H program, children learn by doing,” one of the speakers, Rocky Schmied, told commissioners.

The recommended budget also includes $100,000 cuts to Exploration Place and the Sedgwick County Zoo.