Daily Archives: May 24, 2011

City Council puts off vote on airport roof inspection

The roofs at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport will have to wait at least another week.

City council members put off their vote this morning to borrow $50,000 to hire a contractor to inspect hail damage from a hail storm last September and prepare designs for areas that need repair. Read More »

City faces $1.5 million shortfall this year, $2.2 million next year

City Hall has to cut back on its fuel spending, find ways to reduce the fees it pays to Sedgwick County to jail suspects and will probably have shrink its management structure or take other steps to avoid a budget shortfall.

And the financial forecast gets uglier next year, city finance officials told city council members this morning.

Budget and research officer Mark Manning initially projected a $3.1 million deficit this year. But he suggested technological improvements, reduced fuel usage, fewer jail fees and management reorganization efforts could trim that to a $1.5 million shortfall. It’s up to City Manager Robert Layton, finance officials and city council members to figure out how to close that gap by mid August when the budget must be approved.

Few details have been offered on how the city could do that.

And those numbers don’t even include the shortfalls in the city’s transit and central inspection budgets. Read More »