The editorial board observed (“Rethink Finney decision,” Oct. 18 Eagle Editorial) that the state is paying $14 a foot to lease the new driver’s license office in Derby while rejecting the city of Wichita’s offer of a $6-a-foot rate at the Finney State Office Building. In response, Department of Administration spokesman Chuck Knapp said the state charges state agencies for state-managed space (including the Finney building) at the current rate of $15.25 “to pay for debt and operating expenses on all state-owned and -managed space.” So “taxpayers are actually getting a better deal,” Knapp said, when state agencies “enter into a lease directly with a private entity.” After 20 years, the state has given notice it will vacate the Finney building in downtown Wichita next fall.
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