Sedgwick County manager: Cuts, privatization could guide 2017 budget

Reducing spending and privatizing more county services will be guiding principles for next year’s Sedgwick County budget, said County Manager Michael Scholes.

The Sedgwick County Zoo, Exploration Place, many health department functions, human services, community development and the planning department could be the most likely areas for funding cuts or potential privatization of services, a county document on the 2017 budget suggests.

“We’re trying to look for options in which the private sector can participate more and provide service instead of using taxpayer money to do it,” Scholes said at a staff meeting Tuesday.

County department heads will be encouraged to look for opportunities for nonprofits to take over county services, Scholes said.

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