Bonding Hurdle

A path for helping to pay for revitalization projects in downtown Salina may be blocked by legislative wrangling in Topeka.

Salina stakeholders have submitted an application for finance assistance through the state’s STAR bond program to help pay for a cornerstone fieldhouse project, car museum, upscale hotel and bowling alley.

The Salina project is caught in the crosshairs of a legislative battle after the Kansas Senate used a 30 to 8 vote to override Governor Brownback’s veto in a budget bill to help finance the American Royal project.

Salina area Representative J.R. Claeys joined in on the KSAL Morning News with a look at what will come next, “The override will likely hit the House here in the next couple of days if not today,” he said.

Governor Brownback has promised to press pause on all Star bond applications until a reform plan is in place.

Rep. Claeys added, “Essentially he’ll order the Department of Commerce to not issue any new Star bond project approvals including Salina.”

Governor Brownback had vetoed a piece in a measure that blocks the administration from using bonds issued by the state to help finance the move of the American Royal horse and livestock exhibition from Kansas City, Missouri to Kansas.