Life in downtown Mulvane moves like it did a year ago. A one-point-six million dollar payment from its new neighbor to the east hasn't sped it up. But City Administrator Kent Hixson says the Kansas Star Casino is quickly cutting some bills.
"Some of that gaming revenue has allowed us to lower our electric rate for our citizens in east Mulvane by 5-percent,” Hixson said.
Hixson says the casino also helped the city lower its property taxes by about 10-percent.
"And that is due directly to the increased in the assessed valuation or the property tax of the city because of the casino,” Hixson said.
One area not seeing a change--home sales. A Mulvane real estate agent says she hasn't seen the casino make a difference. She calls the housing market here "stable."
"I have not seen any residential growth,” Hixson said.
Police Chief Dave Williams says he hasn't seen crime grow either.
"In fact, we're down seven percent from last year."
But police are responding to five-percent more calls from last year. Chief Williams says that's because officers are answering more calls at the casino.
D-U-I arrests are up too. Last year at this time, there were 9. This year... 60. Chief Williams says that's only because more officers are working at night--not because of the casino.
"People think the casino is causing all these drunks. It is not,” Chief Williams said.
Chief Williams says the casino hasn't brought some of the concerns he thought his officers would see in its first year.
"Some drug dealing in the parking lot or prostitution type stuff, we haven't seen it,” Chief Williams said.
Hixson says, in that aspect, Mulvane hasn't changed at all.
The police chief says the department is bringing on two more officers in January to help with the increased calls from the casino.
As for an increase in businesses in Mulvane--the city hasn't seen much growth. But, the city says the Chamber of Commerce has noticed an increase in the number of local and regional businesses joining.
The city also says thanks to the gaming revenue and the property base expansion... the city was able to build a secure secondary source of water.