Wichita's red ink is forcing cuts

Wichita EagleFebruary 11, 2009 

Wichita ended 2008 in the red for the first time in five years, and city leaders will slow hiring, delay street projects and reduce part-time staff to make up for the shortfall.

"These are troublesome trends, and they carry into 2009," finance director Kelly Carpenter told City Council members Tuesday.

Fourth-quarter numbers show a deficit of nearly $600,000, Carpenter said.

Revenue in several sectors -- property tax, sales tax, franchise fees, gas tax, investment earnings and more -- were below projections.

Mayor Carl Brewer said during his State of the City address last month -- and reiterated Tuesday -- that new City Manager Robert Layton will slow hiring of all non-public-safety positions for at least a month, limit overtime and tap reserve funds to cover deficits.

The city also will reduce part-time staff by one-third and delay bidding out street maintenance projects until late spring or early summer.

On Tuesday, Brewer urged city staff to think carefully about hiring even after the unofficial 30-day freeze.

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