Monthly Archives February 2019

Topeka has two TIF districts, but there may be more to come

Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $2.6 million in development costs because of the Topeka City Council’s 2006 vote to provide tax-increment financing to improve central Topeka’s College Hill business district.

Still, Greater Topeka Partnership official Curtis Sneden says that project brought a positive transformation to that part of the city by replacing rundown structures with new apartment buildings and retail space.

“That entire area is better off,” said Sneden, the partnership’s senior vice president.

He was among those The Topeka Capital-Journal contacted this past week as it responded to a question posed through its reader engagement project, ”#TopCity What? You ask. We answer.”

Capital-Journal reader Lyndon Johnson asked for information about the city’s existing TIF districts a...

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Briefly noted: Star pulls Steve Rose column at heart of Denning suit; Affordable housing panel in Johnson County

The Kansas City Star’s headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Photo credit David Reber.

Star removes Steve Rose piece at heart of Denning lawsuit; Rose resigns from columnist role. The Kansas City Star has removed from its website the column by former Johnson County Sun publisher Steve Rose that prompted a lawsuit by Sen. Majority Leader Jim Denning of Overland Park. In the suit, Denning claims that Rose attributed statements to him that he never made, and that the two had not spoken in more than two years. “The Kansas City Star has been made aware of a lawsuit filed in response to a column written by Steve Rose and published on Jan. 26,” said Colleen McCain Nelson, The Star’s editorial page editor and vice president, in a story posted on the site...

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