- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Wichita City Council has approved industrial revenue bond financing and an estimated $13.6 million in property tax breaks to subsidize Cargill Protein Group’s new headquarters downtown.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/2oLGsDd ) reports the council approved the tax breaks Tuesday as the company demolishes the current Wichita Eagle building to make way for its new corporate facility.

City and state officials have negotiated an incentive package to keep Cargill in Wichita, a decision that was announced last year by Gov. Sam Brownback and Mayor Jeff Longwell.

A city estimate states that the tax abatement will be worth about $1.36 million a year to the company. A Wichita State University report says that keeping Cargill in the city will generate enough economic activity to offset the abatement.

Cargill’s protein group handles the company’s meat, poultry and food service and distribution.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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