The budget for Sedgwick County is expected to increase next year, but commissioners face difficult financial decisions in the future.
Bill Buchanan, Sedgwick County manager, proposed a $421 million budget for 2015, a 1.4 percent increase. He said the county is financially stable right now, but is projecting a budget deficit beginning in 2016.
His proposal would eliminate county funding for Visioneering Wichita, saving about $40,000 per year. Other cuts include $150,000 to Wichita Area Technical College and not filling six county firefighter positions.
His proposal would add a forensic scientist position at the Regional Forensic Science Center. He said the position would help offset an increased caseload of synthetic or designer drugs.
County commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal Aug. 13. Click here to read the full proposal.