Kansas Avenue Budget Resolution Deferred

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- It will be another four months before Topeka city leaders decide on a Kansas Avenue downtown revitalization plan. A multimillion dollar budget resolution for the plan was deferred on Tuesday (7/17).

A $4 million project budget for Kansas Avenue redevelopment, with a total $5.8 million in debt service over the next 20 years, was pushed back yet again.

Councilman Chad Manspeaker and Mayor Bill Bunten were the only votes to take action at Tuesday's meeting.

Deputy Mayor Larry Wolgast led the effort to defer the resolution. He says leaders need more time to finalize plans with Kansas Avenue businesses, who say they want to help fund more design enhancements.

Council members will take up the issue again in four months. They also made no new announcements on their search for a permanent Topeka City Manager. Two finalists for the post were named in June.