Harvey County and the State of Kansas have established a long history of partnering with new and expanding businesses to ensure the success of their enterprises. Following is a list of incentives available to qualifying businesses. Click the link to find more information.
Job Expansion and Investment Credits
This program provides business incentives for retail businesses or non-manufacturing businesses that do not create at least five new jobs. For example, a new or expanding Harvey County retail business that creates at least two new jobs is allowed a job expansion credit of $100 per net new employee and an investment tax credit of $100 per $100,000 of qualified investment. Credits may be used to offset up to 50% of the business’ Kansas income tax liability for a period of up to ten years. Unused credits may not be carried forward.
Enhanced incentives are available under the Job Expansion and Investment Credit Act for communities with population less than 2,500. Eligible companies can receive a sales tax exemption on the purchase of goods and services in constructing, reconstructing, enlarging, remodeling or equipping a qualified business facility. In Harvey County, the communities of Burrton, Halstead, North Newton, Sedgwick and Walton are eligible for these enhanced incentives.
High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP) (http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?NID=136)
The HPIP program was designed to retain Kansas’ existing high-performance businesses, encourage investment in worker training and education and spur the attraction of new, high quality firms to the state. To be eligible, a firm must either pay above-average wages for its industry or 1 _ times the statewide average wage. The firm must also invest two percent of their payroll in training or participate in one of the state’s work force training programs listed below. Eligible firms must be in the major SIC categories of 20-49 or 60-89 or be a national headquarters or ancillary support operation. Benefits include a sales tax exemption, a generous investment tax credit and work force training tax credits.
Workforce Training Assistance
Kansas Industrial Training Program (KIT) (http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?NID=140) The Kansas Industrial Training Program (KIT) is a comprehensive and flexible workforce training program designed to respond to the specific needs of new and expanding companies. Eligible industries include basic enterprises that are creating at least five new jobs. KIT may be used to provide training costs for instructor salaries; travel, lodging, and meals; training manuals; minor equipment; certain utility costs; and curriculum planning development. Funds are available on a first-come, first serve basis and can be utilized for up to 100% of all training costs.
Kansas Industrial Retraining Program (KIR) (http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?NID=139) The Kansas Industrial Retraining Program (KIR) is designed for restructuring companies whose employees are likely to be displaced due to obsolete or inadequate job skills. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and funds are a dollar for dollar match or 50% of total training costs.
State of Kansas Investments in Lifelong Learning (SKILL) The State of Kansas Investments in Lifelong Learning (SKILL) program is a component of the IMPACT program, which is designed for new and expanding businesses or consortiums of businesses that are creating a large number of new jobs and/or new jobs paying above average wages. Like the KIT program, SKILL is intended to help companies offset the costs of training employees for new jobs. Project costs are financed through tax exempt, public purpose bonds issued on an as needed basis by the Kansas Finance Development Authority.
Property Tax Abatement (http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?NID=144)
An exemption from Ad Valorem taxation on real estate and tangible personal property can be made available by the governing body of a city or county for up to ten years. The exemptions apply to land, building, machinery, and equipment for new or expanding businesses. Harvey County and its cities have been aggressive in offering this incentive over the years and will consider the level of the abatement based on the size of the project.
Industrial Revenue Bonds
Property financed with the proceeds of an Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) issue can be exempt from property taxation for a period of ten years. In addition, the cost of building materials and permanently installed equipment are exempt from state and local taxes. Harvey County and its cities have been very open to IRB financing over the years.
Neighborhood Revitalization Program
The Neighborhood Revitalization Program is a tool for municipalities to encourage improvements in aging and deteriorating commercial districts and residential neighborhoods within their communities. Property owners who complete rehabilitation or new construction on residential, commercial or industrial buildings in the target area can receive tax rebates for the increase in appraised value, which results from their work. The cities of Burrton, Halstead, Hesston, Newton and Sedgwick have implemented this program in Harvey County.