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For Immediate Release
February 17, 2021
Kate Flavin


This Week in Sedgwick County - February 17, 2021

Board of County Commissioners

  • Board appointments: Christopher Vail, Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department Board of Electrical Appeals; Susan Ternes, Wichita/Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board.
  • Commissioners received COVID-19 Community Survey Results.
    • 65 percent of respondents plan to get the vaccine.
    • The top trusted sources listed include: doctors/medical providers, researchers, pharmacies, and government agencies.
    • The survey was opened for one month beginning November 16, 2020.
    • A second survey will be opened in the future.
  • The Appraiser’s Annual Report of Real Property Value Trends was presented to Commissioners.
    • Houses are regularly on the market for less than 10 days. The market is moving very fast.
    • 79 percent of residential parcels will see an increase in value (avg. six percent increase)
    • Two primary factors impacted the commercial market: COVID-19 and the Boeing 737 Max.
    • 29 percent of commercial parcels will see an increase in value (avg. one percent)
    • 27 percent of agriculture parcels will see an increase in value (avg. nine percent)
  • A zone change for a different Single-Family Residential designation in District 5 was approved.
    • The applicant plans to have 13 homes on the parcel rather than nine that are currently platted.
  • An update on the CARES Act and County COVID-19 spending was provided.
    • The County’s first expenditure for COVID-19 occurred 11 months ago.
    • So far, Sedgwick County has spent $97.4 million for CARES and COVID-19 support.
      • Non-CARES spending totals $5.3 million (of that, $2.2 million is reserved for temporary staffing and $680,000 is for cleaning services).
    • CARES spending totals $83.4 million (of that, $57 million is for County needs, and $26 million to support schools, cities, safe operating grant entities and Stimulus Review Team recommended entities).
    • Of the initial $99.6 million in CARES funding, $16.2 million remains to be paid out to cities, public health and social service agencies.
    • The County estimates COVID-19-related expenses may total $16 million through the first half of 2021.
    • More information and support may be provided based on Congressional action.
  • Following an executive session, Commissioners voted to terminate the real estate agreement for the building located at 2622 W. Central.




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For questions, contact Public Information Officer Kate Flavin at (316) 660-9370.