It’s encouraging that Wichita, Sedgwick County and union officials are nearing agreement on a plan to merge code-enforcement offices. The worthy goal is to create a “one-stop shop” for builders so they don’t have to deal with two offices. The union has raised legitimate concerns about whether the city’s codes would be weakened to match the county’s. But Mayor Carl Brewer has said that won’t happen. Though it’s smart to try to make it easier for builders and others to do business with local government, that shouldn’t come at the expense of protecting homeowners.
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