Commissioners Slash Shawnee County Budget

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Shawnee County Commissioners have started slashing dollars in an effort to balance this year's budget.

Commissioners took the largest amount from the department of corrections, more than $1.14 million, which will be saved with moves like eliminating overtime and training.

That wasn't the only county department slashed, the Kansas Expocentre gave back $100 thousand, money that was saved for emergency maintenance.

The information technology department will lose more than $412 thousand, including eliminating one operator position.

The Shawnee County Elections Office will cut the salary for one of its currently vacant positions, and the purchasing department will lay off one.

Other cuts include $23,200 from the Shawnee County District Court office, $22,713 from the human resources department, $22,000 from the court clerk's office, $2,000 from the travel budget of the county commission office, and $29,517 from the weed department budget.

Commissioners tabled talks on cuts for several departments on Monday. They plan to make more cuts on Thursday. Commissioners are taking these actions to close a gap created by motor fuels tax money they'd planned to withhold from the city, when they initially approved the budget last August.


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