Stormwater management not sexy or inexpensive but crucial, county leaders say

As Sedgwick County talks about how to spend taxpayer dollars next year, commissioners and staff are discussing what their priorities are, and one of them is reducing flooding-related problems across the area.

Commissioner Tim Norton said he has received more phone calls and e-mails from constituents about flooding in his 11 years on the board than any other issue.

The problem is that solving the stormwater management problem is an expensive endeavor. Some commissioners say they will not raise taxes.

Jim Weber, assistant public works director, said studies show that the public’s preference to pay for solutions is a voter-approved sales tax.

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