Kansas DOT to Contribute $8M in Operations Savings to State Budget Reduction
TOPEKA, KS The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT)'s $8 million contribution to the state budget reductions are coming from savings in the agency's fiscal year 2015 operations budget.
KDOT's operations budget last year was $250 million, but spending from that account was just more than $239 million, resulting in an $11 million savings. The operations budget covers salaries and wages, contractual services, commodities, capital outlay, and more.
"I'm proud that we were smart in how we spent money last year and created some savings," said KDOT Secretary Mike King. "But we also benefited from a mild winter that required fewer staff hours in snow plows and less spending on sand and salt. As a result, we can make this reduction without layoffs or cancelling or delaying projects."
The fiscal year 2016 operations budget is again set at $250 million. That budget will remain untouched as a result of KDOT's $8 million contribution.
"I want to thank Shawn Sullivan for allowing KDOT more flexibility in delivering transportation services to the state," said King. "Under Shawn's expanded role, we have already seen efficiencies in inter-agency workings and elimination of agency duplication of services. This gives us the ability to deliver great value to Kansans."