(WICHITA, Kan.) — Budget cuts mean a change this year to the City of Wichita's annual Neighborhood Clean-up program. The city is asking some neighborhoods to help cover the cost of the clean-ups. But at least one neighborhood association says it can't afford to.
Neighborhood Clean-ups are an annual tradition across the city of Wichita. You could get rid of all that over-sized trash you couldn't normally throw away. Until now the city has paid for it.
"Because of the budget cuts, we had to find a way to still be inclusive of all neighborhoods with the funding levels that we have available to us," said Lashonda Garnes, the District 1 Neighborhood Assistant in charge of the program.
Which means the city is charging based on a neighborhood's income level. For example, higher income neighborhoods may now be asked to pay for some or all of the cleanup. While in lower income neighborhoods it will be free.