COLUMBUS, KS.--- The Economic Development Corporation for Cherokee County has placed gaming for Southeast Kansas at the top of their agenda. Gaming has been a popular discussion in Southeast Kansas for some time now, but never has Cherokee County hired lobbyists in Topeka to advocate on their behalf.
"Bills are getting introduced to change the gaming laws as we speak," said Kevin Cure, Cherokee County Attorney.
The Economic Corporation is hoping that a lobbyists' expertise in legislation will make a great difference in trying to bring a casino to Southeast Kansas.
"If that casino is approved, it would generate a lot of jobs to our local economy. And those are jobs that can't get shipped overseas. Besides that, it would also generate tax revenue for the local governments," said Cure.
The county's major road block is the amount of money required to bring a casino to the area. At this point, it will cost a potential investor more than $200 million to build a casino. Ideally, corporation members want to see that amount lowered to $55.60 million.
"If it gets lowered, it increases our chances greatly and we think it will be some interest," said Cure.
Given the fact that there's another casino right there, they cannot do as good as a business as they might have had there not been one. So we really feel like that level should be lowered and that's what we're hoping to do. Get that through the legislation this session. Then hopefully we can get a developer in and get a casino in place," said Janet Miller, Economic Development Director.
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