Sedgwick Co. Leaders Consider Air Show Tent Issue

By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
FILE -In this AUG. 14, 1999 file photo, a Taiwan-made Indigenous Defense Fighter, IDF, does a high-speed fly over during an air show at Taoyuan Air Force Base in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan's state-owned defense company said Monday it is discussing cooperation on building commercial aircraft with a Chinese company.(AP Photo/WallySantana, File)

FILE -In this AUG. 14, 1999 file photo, a Taiwan-made Indigenous Defense Fighter, IDF, does a high-speed fly over during an air show at Taoyuan Air Force Base in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan's state-owned defense company said Monday it is discussing cooperation on building commercial aircraft with a Chinese company.(AP Photo/WallySantana, File)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Sedgwick County commissioner says he'd rather see the county spend $10,000 on something other than a hospitality tent at the Wings Over McConnell air show.

The two-day Wichita festival takes place this weekend at McConnell Air Force Base. The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/Q1ijOa ) reports the County Commission will vote Wednesday on whether to fund the hospitality tent from a $533,000 contingency budget.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau says spending $10,000 on what he called a ``party tent'' is a frivolous use of taxpayer money. Ranzau says the county has rejected many other requests for funding and he thinks there are higher priorities for the county.

Other commissioners say the spending is a relatively small price to pay to support an Air Force base that brings in $500 million to the community.
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Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com


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