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Sedgwick County commissioners are continuing to look at ways to cut costs and spend fewer taxpayer dollars going into 2013.
Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a new policy for cell phone use for county employees. County manager Bill Buchanan said there has been reduced spending on cell phones this year, but another $100,000 needs to be cut for the 2013 budget year.
He said the new plan has a three-tier system that will provide some allowance or no allowance for cell phone expenses, depending on the county workers' needs and usage. Employees with the most cell phone use will get an allowance of over $18 per pay period.
Commissioners are also continuing discussions on a new credit card policy for county employees, and they're working on a new schedule for commission meetings. The commissioners plan to meet three times a month, instead of every week, starting in January. That move is expected to save on the county's contract with KPTS, Channel 8 for the live television broadcast of commission meetings.
In August, commissioners approved a total budget of $408 million for 2013, with funding cuts for most county departments.