Daily Archives: June 23, 2010

Sedgwick County to raise solid waste fee

Sedgwick County commissioners voted 4-1 today to raise the annual solid waste fee that property owners pay by $1.66 for residential and $1.06 for commercial.

Chairman Karl Peterjohn voted against raising the fee, saying one of his campaign promises was that he would push for voters to approve tax increases.

The charge, however, is considered a fee, not a tax, under state law.

Read more about the fee in Thursday’s Eagle.

Sedgwick County proposes splitting federal grant 50/50 with city

Sedgwick County wants to split a $537,304 federal grant with the City of Wichita. The county and city have been struggling over how to split the grant. Last year, the city accepted 70 percent of the grant and the county kept 30 percent. The county and city must sign an agreement about how to split the grant by June 30. The grant, the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Criminal Justice Assistance Grant, provides for equipment and other needs of law enforcement.

Read more about the grant in Thursday’s Eagle.

Fireworks sales in the county start Sunday

Fireworks sales start Sunday, and for the first time in 30 years, people in the unincorporated areas of Sedgwick County will be allowed to shoot off fireworks.

“We’ll find out if people can self- regulate,” commissioner Tim Norton said.

The shooting of fireworks is not allowed until July 1, but sales begin Sunday.

Read more about fireworks in Thursday’s Eagle.