Local governments push back on STAR bond legislation

State Sens. Julia Lynn of Olathe and Tom Holland of Baldwin City listen to testimony on STAR bonds Thursday.

Legislation placing tighter controls on a powerful tax incentive would derail plans for new tourism-related developments across Kansas, city and county officials told lawmakers Thursday.

Local governments are pushing back hard on two bills that would more tightly regulate sales tax revenue — or STAR — bonds that were created about 20 years ago to help bankroll development projects that draw tourists from out of state, such as the Kansas Speedway.

The incentive allows the state sales tax — 6.5 percent — to be funneled back into the development to help offset certain costs.  It’s been used to help finance several . . .


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