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Truck dealership wants tax district





The Ellis County Commission approved a resolution in Monday's regular meeting to host a public hearing later this month concerning a petition brought before the commissioners for establishment of a Community Improvement District.

Attorney Chris Sook, who represents BBJ LLC, told commissioners his client hopes to develop a heavy-duty truck dealership owned by Doonan Truck & Equipment, Wichita. Kenny Doonan is president of the company, which has been in business since 1955. He hopes to have a Peterbilt dealership located just off Exit 157 on Interstate 70, at 55th Street and 230th Avenue.

The CID would be for the purpose of establishing a 2-percent sales tax -- for up to 22 years -- only on the 5-acre tract where the dealership would be located.

There would be more than $3 million in infrastructure improvements needed for the dealership, which would be financed through the sales tax. The truck dealership would have 12 bays and provide parts and service along Interstate 70. The company's other two locations are in Wichita and Great Bend.

The Hays location would have 13 full-time employees, and one part-time employee, according to documents submitted to the commission for Monday's meeting.

"I think we're itching to get serious about improving the site and start construction," Sook said.

The public hearing will be at 8:30 a.m. March 20.