Sheriff's Office, Main Street, Conservation District give Lyon County budget requests

Lyon County commissioners continued their work on the 2015 budget during their action meeting Thursday.

Commissioners fielded budget requests from the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Emporia Main Street and the Flint Hills Rural Conservation District. Part of Sheriff Jeff Cope's request Thursday was a 13-percent reduction in law enforcement costs as his department plans to run the county's consolidated dispatch department. He says the county and city of Emporia have worked together to prepare for this new department.

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Emporia Main Street, meanwhile, is asking for $10,000, up from $1,000 last year. Main Street Director Casey Woods says this will meet increased demand for the Lyon County E-Community tax credits and other services.

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The Flint Hills Rural Conservation District, meanwhile, is keeping its appropriation budget request flat at $27,000.

The county plans to have the overall 2015 budget finished in a few weeks. The budget needs to be sent to the state for certification by Aug. 25 unless the county needs an extension.

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