STAR bonds on trial: Legislation aims to tighten up on powerful tax incentive


The calls for reform began more than a decade ago.

Lawmakers became enraged in 2005 when they learned that proceeds from a powerful tax incentive used in Wyandotte County to finance Village West and the Kansas Speedway paid for a barbecue lunch and an aquarium at Cabela's and automated dinosaurs for a theme restaurant.

"We have to go after this," former Republican state Sen. Karin Brownlee said at the time. "It's just so clear that they violated the intent of the law."

Brownlee was referring to sales tax revenue – or STAR – bonds that were approved about 20 years . . .


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