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Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to approve four temporary, part-time workers to help with a records backlog in the tag office. The discussion focused on recent problems with long lines for tag renewals.
County Treasurer Linda Kizzire said the state left around 6,000 records to be transfered into a new computer system that went online last May. She asked for the temporary workers to do that work and free up office staff to work on tag renewals.
The new computer system has had problems that have created long lines at the tag office throughout the summer. Commissioner Jim Skelton said he has heard complaints from citizens about the long wait time. He said it's outrageous and citizens deserve better.
Kizzire said state revenue secretary Nick Jordan has put together a task force to look at problems in the system. She later told reporters that things have improved, especially with an increase in Internet and mail renewals. She said there are still long lines at the end of the month, and that situation was occurring before the new system went online.
Kizzire said the state is continuing to send work down to the county level. Commissioner Richard Ranzau said he wants the four positions to end when the records work is done, and if any other issues come up, the commission can talk about further actions that may be needed.