Salina ‘eligible’ for STAR bonds

The Kansas Department of Commerce on Thursday gave preliminary approval for the issuance of $19.1 million in Sales Tax Revenue bonds to help finance Salina’s downtown revitalization project.

The Salina project constitutes a major commercial entertainment and tourism area and is therefore an “eligible area,” Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave wrote in a letter to Salina Mayor Kaye Crawford.

Deputy City Manager Mike Schrage said the news was “very encouraging. A preliminary opinion that they can approve our plan.”

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