The state of Kansas owns a lot of property in downtown Topeka. Now, a Senate committee has advanced a bill authorizing the Department of Administration to sell off four state office buildings there. The proposal would allow the buildings to be sold, but the state would then lease them back and continue occupying the facilities. Senator Jeff Melcher, a Republican from Leawood, says companies in the private sector sometimes benefit from leasing properties, rather than owning and managing facilities themselves.
Officials with the state say they’ll only pursue selling the facilities if it will be beneficial in the long-term. Senator Marci Francisco, a Lawrence Democrat, says she’s concerned that the bill has no provision for determining if the state is getting a good deal. The full Senate will now consider the legislation.