By Robert Marin & Alejandra Rojas
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
11:46 AM CDT, October 3, 2012
(DODGE CITY, Kan.)
Dodge City commissioners approve a new sales tax incentive for a new restaurant.
The developers of an IHOP requested to become a Community Improvement District. The incentive allows the business to charge a one-cent higher sales tax to help pay for the development.
Although the incentive won unanimous approval, some Dodge City commissioners voiced concerns about whether the franchise really needed the financial help. Dodge City's mayor said there has been a struggle to bring businesses to the area.
"The hope is that, once you get one, that you'll create some momentum and I think that is probably the biggest thing with this tool, if we would like to just call it, a tool. We will start a momentum of people coming into town," said mayor Rick Sowers.
The incentive area only includes the restaurant. It is set to open sometime in February.
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