Sedgwick County, Kansas
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This website was most recently reviewed on 6 Dec 2012.
- Taxes 
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- Residents are able to pay taxes online.
- An interactive GIS map is posted.
- Public records
- The public information officer is identified and maintained by Records Manager/Freedom of Information Officer position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- A public records form is provided by the Records Manager/Freedom of Information Officer
- Elected Officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- Meeting minutes are archived for 3 years.
- Meeting agendas are archived for 3 years.
- A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
- Meeting video or podcasts are available.
- The county posts its checkbook register online.
- Permits and zoning
- Administrative officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 3 years.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2010 are available.
- According to the county's checkbook register, Sedgwick did not spent any money on contracted services for Taxpayer-funded lobbying from 2009-2011. The communications department has put forth legislative platforms for the past several years, however, and the county website does not say how much money was spent for this.
- If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
- Public records
- A fee schedule for documents is not provided. Website says each department sets its own fees but does not provide the fees.
|Tim Norton||2nd||Chair Pro Tem|
Commissioner Richard Ranzau opposes the county's forgivable loans program, through which local businesses don't have to pay back loans to the county if they meet certain job-creation goals.
Sedgwick County's manager is William Buchanan.
Sedgwick County has 3,084.19 full-time equivalent employees.
For 2012, Sedgwick has a budget deficit of $38,928,284.
|Motor vehicle tax||$16, 191,905|
|Local sales & use tax||$25,165,199|
|Other taxes/spec. assessment||$5,446,263|
|Charges for service||$118,226,500|
|Uses of money & property||$4,374,393|
|Bond & interest||$21,581,554|
|Employee compensation pool||--|
|Health & welfare||$78,540,950|
|Culture & recreation||$12,077,688|
- Main article: Kansas public pensions
Most Sedgwick employees are in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS), a defined-benefit pension plan. Sedgwick police and firefighters are in the Kansas Police & Firemen's Retirement System (KP&F), also a defined-benefit plan.
In 2010, the county paid $6,848,410 into KPERS and $4,110,524 into KP&F.
The county has $28.5 million in unfunded liabilities for its other post-employment benefits other than pensions (OPEBs).
Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita consolidate certain services to save costs and increase efficiency. They share a planning department and are considering consolidating building code enforcement.
The county is budgeting for a Director of Government Relations in the 2012 budget, where it hasn't for the two prior years.
The county has had legislative platforms for the past several years, and it has fallen under the Government Relations role of the Communications department.
The 2010 county and state tax rate was 49.195, down from 49.815 in 2009.
In 2011, Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita both gave $1 million in incentives to convince Bombardier Learjet to expand in the area.
The county has seen a large spike in unemployment due to the recession, losing 5.8 percent of its workforce in the first quarter of 2010, the second highest in the nation.
- Sedgwick County official website
- Sedgwick County employee payroll, Kansas Watchdog
- Sedgwick County Appraiser's Website
- Sedgwick County on Epodunk
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Tax Levies," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Tax Department," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "GIS," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ Sedgwick County "KORA," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Sedgwick County "Board of Commissioners," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Meetings," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Requests for Bids and Proposals," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Contracts," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "County Checkbook," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ MASD, Zoning," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Building Permit Application," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Directory," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Budget Office," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Accounting," Accessed Dec 6, 2012
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Sedgwick County "Government Relations," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ KAKE "County commissioner fights to end forgivable loans," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ Sedgwick County "Manager," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Sedgwick County "2012 Budget Executive Summary," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Sedgwick County "2010 CAFR," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Wichita Eagle "Managers: Wichita, Sedgwick County should merge services only when it makes sense," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ Sedgwick County "2012 Budget -- County Manager," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ Sedgwick County "2010 Tax Levies," Accessed November 21, 2011
- ↑ Watchdog, Nine-out-of-ten largest counties lost jobs in first quarter, Oct. 19, 2010
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