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Incentives

The City of Liberal, Kansas offers incentives to support its businesses, old and new. Contact us to discuss the needs of your business.

For expanding local businesses and businesses new to Liberal, the City works in conjunction with state and federal agencies to develop custom incentive packages. Incentive packages are based primarily on job creation, wages and overall investment in the community. To be eligible, a business must be engaged in one or more of the following: Manufacturing, Service, Research & Development, Warehousing & Distribution, Corporate Headquarters, Transportation, Tourism or Medical Services.

Local Incentives for New and Expanding Businesses

Industrial Revenue Bonds

IRB’s are securities issued by the City to provide funds for credit-worthy companies to purchase land and/or to construct and equip new facilities.

Property Tax Abatements

The City may abate ad velorem taxes on all or any portion of the appraised value of a property used by a qualifying business.

Infrastructure Improvements

For qualifying businesses, the City may provide certain infrastructure improvements within the City’s Industrial Parks.

Industrial Park Incentives

Businesses who purchase land in Liberal’s municipal industrial parks may be eligible to receive $500 for each job created over three years. A minimum of 20 new jobs is required.

Community Improvement Districts

Special property or sales taxes may be collected within a district to fund improvements costing $200,000 or more.

State Incentives for New and Expanding Businesses

Promoting Employment Across Kansas

Offers qualified companies the ability to retain 95% of their payroll withholding tax for up to five to seven years.

Wind and Solar Bond Financing

Allows for up to $5 million in bond financing per project for eligible wind and solar energy manufacturers.

Community Development Block Grant

Offers fixed rate loans at four percent or three percent below prime, whichever is greater. Funds can be used for working capital; to acquire land or buildings; to construct or renovate facilities; and to purchase machinery and equipment.

Kansas Industrial Training and Kansas Industrial Retraining

Kansas Industrial Training (KIT) and Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) offsets the cost of training new employees and retraining existing workers.

High Performance Incentive Program

Provides a 10 percent corporate income tax credit on qualified capital investment, such as the purchase or lease of a facility or equipment; the cost of remodeling or build-out; and fixtures, furniture and computers. The minimum investment threshold for an eligible business is $50,000.

Multiple Sales Tax Exemptions

Kansas also offers several different sales tax exemptions. These include real and personal property financed with an Industrial Revenue Bond and labor services related to original construction.

New Construction Housing Incentive Programs

New Construction Single-Family Housing Incentive Program

Effective May 14, 2014, this program will provide a $5,000 cash incentive for each new single-family home built in Liberal. This program’s annual budget of $160,000 is funded from the Housing portion of the City of Liberal’s 1-Cent Sales Tax and is sufficient to fund 80 new homes a year. Prospective homeowners and developers should contact Karen LaFreniere, Director of Housing and Community Development at 620-626-2251 for program guidelines and details.

New Construction Multi-Family Housing Incentive Program

Effective May 14, 2014, the New Construction Multi-Family Housing Incentive Program will provide a $3,000 per unit cash incentive for each new multi-family rental unit built in Liberal. The annual budget for this program is $300,000 and is funded from the Economic Development portion of the City of Liberal’s 1-Cent Sales Tax and is sufficient to fund 100 new rental units a year. Prospective developers should contact Jeff Parsons, Director of Economic Development and 620-626-2256 for program guidelines and details.

Grants Available for New and Expanding Businesses


Facade

Façade grants are available to offset the cost of permanent exterior improvements. Grants reimburse 50% of total costs up to $5,000. Eligible properties face Pancake Blvd or Kansas Ave from 11th St to Birch St. Properties within the area bordered by Lincoln and Washington streets and 6th and Trail streets are also eligible. Residential, government and church properties are excluded. Mixed-use buildings are eligible if the first floor is commercial.


Building Conversion

Building conversion grants offset the cost of converting the usage of a building (example: retail to office use or vice versa). Grants reimburse 50% of total costs up to $5,000. Eligible properties face Kansas Ave from 6th St to Trail St. Residential, government and church properties are excluded. Mixed-use buildings are eligible if the first floor is commercial.


Mixed-Use Conversion

Mixed-use conversion grants are available to offset the cost of converting second floor space for residential use. Grants reimburse 50% of total costs up to $5,000. Eligible properties face Kansas Ave from 6th St to Trail St. Residential, government and church properties are excluded. Mixed-use buildings are eligible if the first floor is commercial.


Downtown Relocation

Downtown relocation grants are available to offset the cost of relocating to a space facing Kansas Ave from 6th St to Trail St. Grants reimburse 50% of total costs up to $1,500 after a business has been operating in its new location for one year.


Beautification

Beautification grants are available to offset landscaping costs. Grants reimburse 20% of total costs up to $4,000. Eligible properties face Pancake Blvd or Kansas Ave from 11th St to Birch St. Residential, government and church properties are excluded. Mixed-use buildings are eligible if the first floor is commercial.


Community Improvement Districts

In a Community Improvement District (CID), special property or sales taxes are collected to fund improvements within a district. Property owners may petition the City Commission to create a CID for commercial, industrial or mixed-use projects costing $200,000 or more.


City of Liberal Economic Development | 324 N. Kansas Ave. Liberal, Kansas 67905
Email: jeff.parsons@cityofliberal.org | Phone: (620) 626-2257 | Fax: (620) 626-0589

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