Q: What’s been done to date?
A: Site clearance and preparation; grading; relocation of a water main to serve NBAF and the BRI. Beyond that, the city is in the process of bidding construction of a new sanitary sewer main, and has a traffic analysis underway of the Kimball-Denison area.
Q: What’s being worked on now?
A: More site preparation
Q: How much has been spent so far, and from which entities?
A: KSU has spent $12 million on relocation of various facilities; the Kansas Bioscience Authority has spent $3.4 million. The state has issued $45 million in bonds, $5 million of which have been spent and the remaining $40 million of which are awaiting a federal match. The city has spent $2.3 million on the relocation of a water main and various utilities on the site.
Q: How much did the president remove?
A: $150 million for construction funds.
Q: How much money remains unspent, and for what?
A: The $40 million in unspent state bond money is designated to match federal funds for construction of the central utility plant; that federal appropriation is on hold pending completion of safety studies.
Q: Does this decision stop the funding process?
A: The state’s Congressional delegation hasn’t given up hope, asserting that the Obama budget will not be adopted. But it changes the political dynamic by moving the president — previously a supporter of NBAF funding — closer to the ‘opponent’ camp. The Senate, which must approve all allocations, is controlled by Democrats, making Obama’s opposition to the spending more of a political obstacle.
Q: What is the $10 million BRI money for?
A: It will fund research into African Swine Fever and Classical Swine Fever.