The city of Wichita and Sedgwick County appear to be working through their differences over how to pay for needed improvements to the neighborhood around the Intrust Bank Arena. The County Commission approved its $9 million portion of the projects Wednesday, to be paid by arena sales-tax revenue. The city would be responsible for $2 million in related sewer and water responsibilities, to be considered by the City Council at a special meeting today. Another proposal for tax-increment financing for the arena neighborhood also is on the table, two months after the county balked at a larger TIF district. The progress comes as a relief. The city and county have a shared responsibility to ensure that the prime venue will anchor a prime neighborhood.
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