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Citing budget cuts, state suspends hotel safety and sanitation inspections

Department of Agriculture’s spending plan was recently cut by $303K

December 3, 2009, 1:21 p.m. Updated December 3, 2009, 6:11 p.m.

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— State safety and sanitation inspections of hotels, motels and other overnight lodging operations will be suspended because of budget cuts, officials reported Thursday.

“This is the painful reality of our current economic climate,” said Josh Svaty, acting secretary of agriculture.

“Without adequate resources, we are forced to decide which services we can continue to provide and which ones we can’t. The cuts to our budget now mean that we won’t be able to inspect the safety and sanitation of Kansas’ hotels, motels and other overnight lodges,” Svaty said.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture licenses 825 lodging facilities, which includes hotels, motels, lodges and bed-and-breakfasts. The facilities are inspected annually.

The agency was cut by $303,000 in Gov. Mark Parkinson’s latest round of budget cuts last month. The cost of the lodging inspection program is $240,000 per year.

Food safety inspections will continue, the agriculture department reported.

The state general fund portion of the department’s budget for the current fiscal year is $9.8 million, which is $2.4 million less than was appropriated in 2008. The department said in a news release that it is operating with 92 fewer employees through layoffs and unfilled vacancies.

Svaty said in an interview that the suspension of inspections will probably start at the end of the month.

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energy03 4 years, 4 months ago

Staying in any motel/hotel is pretty much a "crap shoot" anymore. Even the ones we identify with being "better". Staffing at the majority leaves a bit to be desired. I've stayed at mom & pops that were fabulous and then on the other hand, stayed @ upper end that were so mediocre. Word of mouth has always been the best form of advertisement. Post your experiences at one of the many travel sites for others to read. You also have the right to request seeing the room and the facilities BEFORE you pay! Thanks Kansas for another one of your bone headed cuts.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 4 months ago

Barlowtl.. just to put your mind at ease, I've stayed in motel in about 2/3 of the US states, and most of them have some pretty crappy hotel standards. Kansas isn't the worst by far.

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Sigmund 4 years, 4 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says… "Any of you yet figured out that the State of Kansas is bankrupt?"

Kind of hard to miss, it has been in all the papers.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 4 months ago

blue! shame! shame on you!!!!! :p

/ try the one in NL behind BK where you can park behind it hidden where no one can see your car from a road. Someone told me about it once.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

Any of you yet figured out that the State of Kansas is bankrupt?

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cricketeer 4 years, 4 months ago

Say it ain't so - just as The Oread is ready to open.

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defenestrator 4 years, 4 months ago

No big deal really, I always bring my own black light so I can avoid the semen stains. But what are we going to do about the hotel rooms?

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Sigmund 4 years, 4 months ago

How, oh how, will we survive???

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Pilgrim2 4 years, 4 months ago

gccs14r (Anonymous) says…

Oh, and welcome to the third world. Thank the Bush tax cuts.


Golly gee, your float in the BDS parade is all broken down and junk. How in the world do you keep dragging that piece of s**t around? Here, let me get my cell phone and call you a tow truck. Oh, wait. That won't do any good. That's not the type of help you need. OK, try 843-9192. ASAP.

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blue73harley 4 years, 4 months ago

The Airport Motel is always a safe bet ;-)

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willie_wildcat 4 years, 4 months ago

Pace - A part of the inspection looked at making sure fire alarms and smoke detectors were in working order and in each room.

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pace 4 years, 4 months ago

I wonder if those inspections helped keep the fire hazards down? I would imagine the food inspections are next to be cut, all for corporations, nothing for the consumer.

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gccs14r 4 years, 4 months ago

Oh, and welcome to the third world. Thank the Bush tax cuts.

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toe 4 years, 4 months ago

Post your experience on the web. I always check for posts before I book a room.

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Boston_Corbett 4 years, 4 months ago

minimal safety and sanitary inspections are hardly screenings for aesthetics, quality, satisfaction, and service.

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gccs14r 4 years, 4 months ago

Bring a tent and sleep in the KOA. At least you know where their critters have been.

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Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 4 months ago

KU_cynic (Anonymous) says…

This is a perfect opportunity for “privatization”. How about the Department of Ag linking to AAA, Orbitz, Travelocity, and other web -based businesses that can rate and rank Kansas hotels. That kind of information is easily accessible to travelors without the need for any state employees to do inspections.


This has to be a parody post. It was really funny.

Instead of restaurant inspectors, the state should just link to Zagat. Instead of a Regents, the state should just link to the University of Phoenix.

Instead of a Legislature and a Governor, the state should just link to ljworld.com.

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barlowtl 4 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for the heads up, where will I sleep when I visit Kansas again, wouldn't be surprised if the trip were not a necessary one, I would think twice about a different state for my destination. How sad,

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kmat 4 years, 4 months ago

All Ramada Inns suck any more. And Days Inn is terrible too. For a quick overnight stay, Comfort Inn is pretty good.

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CheneyHawk 4 years, 4 months ago

Based on our stay @ the Ramada in Hays (old Holidome) this fall, it 's hard to imagine things could be worse. The city or state should have shut down that place months ago.

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prairierose54 4 years, 4 months ago

I worked in this program for the state in 1975. There's always been a program. It was called Food Service and Lodging in the KDHE A while back it shifted to the Dept. of Ag.

The state used to charge a small fee for a restaurant or hotel/motel license and that cost was used to pay for inspections. It was state general fund money so I image it was taken away to help balance the budget.

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willie_wildcat 4 years, 4 months ago

AreUNorml - The lodging program was launched two years ago explicitly to deal with those places in mind. Progress was being made in cleaning up these hotels and motels but like all agencies the budget was cut and something was forced to give and in this case the lodging inspections.

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KU_cynic 4 years, 4 months ago

This is a perfect opportunity for "privatization". How about the Department of Ag linking to AAA, Orbitz, Travelocity, and other web -based businesses that can rate and rank Kansas hotels. That kind of information is easily accessible to travelors without the need for any state employees to do inspections.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 4 months ago

I've been in some pretty seedy motels around Kansas. This department either hasn't been doing it's job for a long time, or I'd hate to see what a bad motel looks like.

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