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Changes have been proposed for Wichita's neighborhood clean-up program for next year. The changes are the result of cuts approved in the 2013 budget that was approved by the city council in August.
Neighborhood assistant LaShonda Garnes said the plan is based on four levels of median income, which are "very low range," "low to moderate range," "moderate range" and a "high income range." Neighborhoods have been classified under one of those four categories, based on information from the 2010 Census.
Garnes said neighborhoods in the "very low" and "low to moderate" categories will still be eligible for a neighborhood clean-up, which would be free of charge with neighborhood groups responsible for training and lining up volunteers to help with the clean-up. Neighborhoods that are in the "moderate" and "high" income categories will be required to pay half the cost of the clean-up.
The plan is being presented to the city's six district advisory boards this week. City staff will gather feedback from the meetings and present information to city manager Robert Layton, who will present the plan to the city council for approval later this year.