Maybe the Sedgwick County Commission’s 4-1 decision about funding the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County somehow will end up helping the facility consolidate operations under a suitable roof. But on its face, Wednesday’s disappointing vote — to reject county staff’s proposal to give the center $835,000 and instead make $334,000 in county funding contingent on securing city and state dollars — doesn’t look very helpful. The city has turned down the center, and the state not only is broke but already gave the center $112,000 recently. County money must be spent with caution, of course, especially during this downturn. But the county funds other budget items without demanding that the city or state kick in. It’s unfortunate that commissioners would use a plan to help abused children as a way to tweak the city and state for their priorities.
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