by Kim Hynes (WICHITA, Kan.)
Three million dollars short, that's the budget deficit the City of Wichita faces for this year. Part of the shortfall is because the city counted on new revenue from trash franchising, a system that's supposed to save you money. "That process has turned out to take a lot longer than we anticipated," said city manager Bob Layton.
Layton says the hiring freeze at city hall made it difficult to create a system where everyone pays the same price and everyone on your block uses the same hauler. "We've been caught up in the crunch with staff and the fact we have limited staff to work on that project," he said.
But the city counted on making $1 million from franchising this year. Money it will have to make up in other ways to balance the budget. Layton says they're still looking at how to cover the deficit.