(WELLINGTON, Kan.) — Efforts to keep the Wellington SRS office open seem to be over. Wellington City Manager Gus Collins and Representative Vince Wetta were hoping to come up with $50,000 to keep the office from shutting down. It's one of several offices slated to close to save the state money.
Collins presented his idea to the Harper County Commissioner and Sumner County Commission. He wanted those two entities to split the cost three ways with the Wellington City Council.
Collins says Harper County Commissioners didn't have the money. He says they didn't see an economic benefit and this budget year was already tough. Collins says Sumner County Commissioners recognized closing the office will impact residents, but they didn't want to put up the money. The commissioners fear if they do it now, the state will continue to count on local dollars to keep the SRS office open.
Collins says he'll take the decisions back to the Wellington City Council, but he doubt council members will be willing to take on 100% of the costs. He says if the money isn't provided, the office will close by October 1st.