STAR bonds

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Kansas lawmakers, increasingly skeptical that tax breaks deliver economic wins, looked closely this week at economic incentive programs.

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Kansas lawmakers this week will look at tightening the rules for companies and local governments that want to tap into a major economic development program, STAR bonds.

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Kansas lawmakers studying economic development policies say the Legislature should consider changes to a major incentives program next year. A special committee is recommending further study of the STAR bonds program, and members of both parties want more oversight.

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It may be the end of Lawrence-Dumont ballpark, and it may be the beginning of a shiny new sports facility in Wichita.

Lawrence-Dumont Stadium opened in 1934 and was named after Charles Lawrence, a former Wichita mayor, and Hap Dumont, the man who brought the National Baseball Congress to Wichita.

The ballpark has its roots on Ackerman Island, which allowed the venue to escape the Sunday "blue laws" about prohibited activities, such as baseball.

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The City of Wichita wants to make more improvements along the Arkansas River, and it wants to expand a bond district to pay for it.

The city plans to issue Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, or STAR bonds, to fund renovations to properties along the west bank of the Arkansas River. One major focus would be upgrades to the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

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The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve phase one of the STAR Bond project plan that will help establish a multi-sport athletic complex in northeast Wichita.

The 430 acre complex site near K-96 and Greenwich road will serve as an attraction for regional and national youth sports competition. The site plan includes hotels, retailers and an aquatic attraction with a goal of increasing tourism for Wichita and the region.