Sedgwick County Commissioners voted against a tax incentive for a development in west Wichita. All of the commissioners voted down a TIF district for the Bowllagio project at Kellogg and Maize.
The Bowllagio is supposed to be an entertainment area including a bowling and training center, restaurants, hotels and shopping.
Commissioners say there are too many questions about the project. They are also worried about hidden costs and whether the project will benefit the county.
The Wichita City Council already approved the TIF or tax increment financing. The incentive allows property taxes generated from the project to help pay for land improvements.
In this TIF, the money would be used to improve drainage in the area prone to flooding.
Commissioner Dave Unruh says he did a lot of research before making up his mind. "We take this as a serious issue, this is not considered lightly. We've heard input from people on both sides of the issue and we'd like to make the best decision for the people going forward," says Unruh.
Now that commissioners voted it down, the issue will have to go back before the Wichita City Council.