Sedgwick County rejects more funds for boys ranch

Photo Credit: KTRE-TV (Raycom Media)
Photo Credit: KTRE-TV (Raycom Media)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County commissioners have adopted a 2014 budget that puts the future of the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch in jeopardy.

The commissioners on Wednesday adopted a $414 million budget that does not include any extra money for the ranch in Goddard, which treats troubled juveniles.

The state pays the county $126 a day per boy at the ranch. The county pays more than $200 a day per boy. The state gave the county a one-time $750,000 grant for the ranch in the current fiscal year — half of what the county requested.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/13lZGLk ) supporters say the ranch saves money because the boys stay out of juvenile detention facilities.

Others said the county cannot continue to bear the cost of operating the ranch without more state help.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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