- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A lack of funding has prompted Sedgwick County to start the process of closing a home for troubled boys it operates for the state.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/Q6XuGZ ) reports County Manager William Buchanan sent an email to county leaders on Monday saying he has instructed the local department of corrections director to stop accepting boys into the program.

The Judge Riddel Boys Ranch has been teetering on the edge of closing for the past couple of years after Buchanan presented a budget in 2012 that recommended shuttering the facility at Lake Afton.

The Kansas Legislature approved a one-time grant of $750,000 in its current fiscal year, which ends June 30, after the county asked for $1.5 million. No additional money was budgeted for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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


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