Sedgwick County commissioners voted unanimously that a tax increment financing district for a grocery store in Planeview would have an adverse effect on the county.
Commissioners heard from several residents who were against supporting the TIF district, which was tentatively approved by the city recently. Residents said developer Rob Snyder would have an unfair advantage over the owners of ethnic grocery stores that serve the area.
Commissioner Gwen Welshimer appeared to change her mind during testimony. She said she felt torn because Planeview residents struggle with transportation issues and deserve a new grocery store. But she also said that she typically has not supported such financing, which diverts a portion of property taxes to the developers.
Read more in Thursday’s Eagle.