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Bill would open SFAAP

March 6, 2003

A bill that would allow the city of De Soto to annex part of the Sunflower Army Ammunition plant passed the Kansas House and is now headed to the Senate.

Rep. Rob Boyer, whose 38th District includes De Soto, said he attached language allowing cities to annex closed military installations to a bill on the floor of the House that would require cities in the state's largest counties seek the approval of their county commissions for involuntary annexations.

"What we have done is create another option," the Olathe Republican said. "With this amendment and possible STAR bond legislation in the works, I'm not so sure De Soto couldn't take action on Sunflower."

The Senate Commerce Committee chaired by Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe, is considering legislation that would allow Kansas municipalities to issue sales tax revenue bonds for the redevelopment of blighted areas. So-called STAR bonds give property developers rebates on sales taxes' revenue to retire debt used to improve property.

Cities already have the authority to issue tax increment financing to developers of blighted property. That incentive gives developers rebates on property taxes paid on improvements.

Legislation introduced last month at the request of Johnson County would give the county the option of offering tax increment financing at Sunflower. That bill in now in Brownlee's committee.

Boyer said he was confident about the bill's chances in the Senate. The bill with his amendment failed last Thursday, but was resurrected the following day after its sponsors negotiated an agreement to take out possible unconstitutional language in the Senate, he said.

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