June 12, 2007
Lawmakers approved it, developers are ready for it, but voters will have the final say on whether a casnio will be built in Sedgwick County. The election is August 7th. Voters will be asked if they want a casnio and if they want slot machines at Greyhound Park.
Tuesday a group of community, business, and religious leaders spoke out about why they want you to vote no. They say a casino will not be the economic boost many people believe.
A Kansas Lottery report estimates a Sedgwick County destination casino would generate about $160 million in gaming revenue a year. Of that, $117 million would go to the casinos, $35 million to the state, and $8 million divided between the city, county, and gambling addiction programs.
The report also says of the $160 million, $148 would come from gamblers within a 50 mile radius. The Vote No group says that's not a desitnation casino because the money will be coming from Kansans. They fear people will start to spend their money at a casino instead of other local businesses. "We're talking about a regional casino that would canabilize local businesses and make a huge cash drain on our community," business owner Dick Coe said.
Coe is one of many leaders against the casino. They hope to educate citizens to vote no before going to the polls in August.
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