Sedgwick County commissioners approve forgivable loan to Hawker

WICHITA — Hawker Beechcraft will get $500,000 a year for five years from Sedgwick County.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau voted against giving Hawker the money, part of a $45 million deal orchestrated by the state, county and city.

The city of Wichita also agreed to give Hawker $500,000 per year for five years.

Ranzau said the county needs the $2.5 million more than Hawker.

Commissioners Tim Norton, Jim Skelton and Dave Unruh voted to approve the loan, which is tied to employment levels. Commissioner Karl Peterjohn was absent.