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STAR Bonds

Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) Bonds are a financing tool that allows Kansas municipalities to issue bonds to finance the development of major commercial, entertainment and tourism projects. The bonds are paid off through the sales tax revenue generated by the development.

The intent is to increase regional and national visitation to Kansas.

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Benchmarks are not a requirement of this program.

ProgramYear Bonds IssuedDeveloper NameProjectProject CityProject CountyTotal Bond Amount IssuedAmount of Sales Tax Captured Last yearAmount Remaining Bond PaymentDeveloper AddressPrincipal OnePrincipal Two# Year(s) Benefit ReceivedStatus: Open/Closed
STAR BondsFY17Derby Destination Development, LLCField Station: DinosaursDerbySedgwick$20,465,000$7,890,676Paid off7400 W. 130th Street, Ste. 305, Overland Park, KS 66213Rick WornerDave Murfin5closed
STAR BondsFY20Derby Destination Development, LLCDerby Sports ZoneDerbySedgwick$14,375,000$7,890,676$10,375,0007400 W. 130th Street, Ste. 305, Overland Park, KS 66213Rick WornerDave Murfin2open
STAR BondsFY22Derby Destination Development, LLCLagoon and Indoor Water Park Derby Sedgwick$35,285,000$7,890,676$38,285,0007400 W. 130th Street, Ste. 305, Overland Park, KS 66213Rick WornerDave Murfin1open
STAR BondsFY19GC Investments, IncSports of the WorldGarden CityFinney$59,540,000$6,152,822$18,105,331P.O. Box #399, Garden City, KS 67846Cecil O’BrateSteven O’BrateHerbet J. Swender, Jr. 3open
STAR BondsFY18Atchison Amelia Earheart FoundationAmelia Earhart Hangar MuseumAtchisonAtchison$2,370,000$351,647$1,655,00016701 286th Rd, Atchison, KS 66002*4open
STAR BondsFY15*Heritage Project Dodge CityFord$13,150,000$1,600,818$8,255,000**7open
STAR BondsFY18*Power CenterDodge CityFord$15,960,000$1,198,502$13,640,000**4open
STAR BondsFY19Goddard Sports LLCOlympic ParkGoddardSedgwick$25,880,000$4,429,354$16,160,0006100 E. Central Ave, Bldg #3, Wichita, KS 67208Rodney Steven IIBrandon Steven3open
STAR BondsFY21Goddard Sports LLCOlympic ParkGoddardSedgwick$11,065,000$4,429,354$11,065,0006100 E. Central Ave, Bldg #3, Wichita, KS 67208Rodney Steven II2open
STAR BondsFY15*US SoccerKansas City Wyandotte$65,229,559$5,359,565$95,418,032**7open
STAR BondsFY10Sporting KCChildren’s MercyKansas City Wyandotte$150,289,488$5,359,565$0**6closed
STAR BondsFY1999*Nascar/SpeedwayKansas City Wyandotte$24,300,413$2,628,938$12,265,000**23open
STAR BondsFY13*SchlitterbahnKansas City Wyandotte$85,200,000$6,198,384$74,805,000**9open
STAR BondsFY22HFS KCK, LLCHomefieldKansas City Wyandotte$116,000,000$5,028,814$116,000,0001100 SW Wanamaker Rd., Suite 103, Topeka, KS 66604Robb HeinemanGreg MadayTrey Bowen1open
STAR BondsFY09Dial DevelopmentFlint Hill Discovery CenterManhattanRiley$65,229,559$6,015,698$0**13closed
STAR BondsFY22Museum of Art and Light Land, Inc.Art and Light MuseumManhattanRiley$24,975,000$6,015,698$14,770,0002600 Leadership Ln, Manhattan, KS 66502Debruyn Family1open
STAR BondsFY22Bluhawk Holdings, IncBluhawkOverland Park Johnson$53,540,000$272,177$53,540,0007007 College Blvd., Suite 385, Overland Park, KS 66211Kent PriceDoug Price1open
STAR BondsFY12Merrill Companies, LLCPrairiefireOverland Park Johnson $64,990,000$4,329,058$64,860,0005621 W. 135th, Ste. 2650, Overland Park, KS 66223Fred Merrill10open
STAR BondsFY18*Downtown ProjectSalinaSaline$22,570,000$2,347,215$16,585,000**4open
STAR BondsFY07*Heartland ParkTopekaShawnee$10,405,000$433,683$2,146,150**15open
STAR BondsFY15*River DistrictWichitaSedgwick$13,150,000$3,673,619Paid off**5closed
STAR BondsFY18*River DistrictWichitaSedgwick$42,140,000$3,673,619$42,140,000**4open
STAR BondsFY17*K-96 GreenwichWichitaSedgwick$71,305,500$13,643,096$32,095,000**5open

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