Humboldt taps $1.5M state loan

Humboldt city council members began the paperwork to request a $1.5 million loan from the state of Kansas to offset sky-high natural gas charges from the February winter blast.

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March 9, 2021 - 10:00 AM

Humboldt City Administrator Cole Herder holds up old street signs that have since been replaced. At left is Council member Cindy Holinsworth. Photo by Susan Lynn / Iola Register

HUMBOLDT — Resigned that they had no choice in the matter, Humboldt city council members began the paperwork Monday night to request a $1.5 million loan from the state of Kansas to offset sky-high natural gas charges incurred from a bitter cold spell in February.

“We were facing bankruptcy,” said Cole Herder, city administrator.

Herder said the invoice from the Kansas Multiple Gas Agency, which secures the city’s natural gas, is due to arrive Friday, and should be for $1,509,818. 

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