Park City Casino Proponents to Mount Petition Drive
As reported by the Wichita Business Journal: "Park City leaders say they'll proceed with efforts to organize a countywide gaming referendum by mounting a petition drive beginning this weekend.
"Park City Mayor Dee Stuart said Thursday afternoon she will spearhead a drive to bring "thousands of signatures" to Sedgwick County commissioners at their Aug. 31 meeting.
"…The petition drive comes on the heels of Wednesday's decision by the county commission to defer a countywide casino referendum. The move could kill the Park City casino proposal, organizers say.
"…Under pressure from 20 local legislators, led by Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, commissioners Wednesday grudgingly backed off earlier support for a referendum, Commission Chairman Dave Unruh says. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has said proof of public support will be required for her to sign off on any tribal gaming proposal.
"A proposal between the Iowa Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation would create a 260,000-square-foot gaming facility in Park City. Included would be 2,500 slot machines and 50 gaming tables on a 60-acre site along I-35 between 77th and 85th streets…"