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On Indian tribe wants to keep options open on casino gaming, local delegation told

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Jeanette Kekahbah 1 year, 1 month ago

ugh this is all so stupid...i think the biggest thing left to talk about is what drama queens city of lawrence & county of douglas commissioners are. took 22 years for one tribe to get trust status. so why doesn't the public need to know about how long that process takes?? and why didn't the tax-paid commissioners bother to do any homework before rushing down to bartlesville on tax payers money?? and um, duh, until the trust status is granted, any/all development is subject to all the same protocols as any other land owners face. lame, lawrence, lame.

Chad Lawhorn 1 year, 1 month ago

It is based off of the sales tax reported by the business. The requirement is an annual one. In other words, one month where food sales drop below 55 percent doesn't put a business in violation. As for whether every applicable business is checked every year, I'm not sure. I'll ask. Thanks, Chad

Chad Lawhorn 1 year, 1 month ago

I checked with the city and here is how it works: Every two years drinking establishments must renew their liquor licenses with the state and the city. At that time, the city requires the drinking establishment to submit copies of all the sales tax reports they have filed with the state for the two year period. Those sales tax reports allow the city to calculate the amount of food vs alcohol sales made at an establishment. Hope that helps.

Kent Noble 1 year, 1 month ago

Imagine that the Indian Tiribe wants to keep options open for a casino. Why do you think they bought the land in the first place and what a great loaction right off the highway. Money money money money money!! Awe couldn't be about the money.

John Graham 1 year, 1 month ago

Mr Lee,

Please provide specifics about Indian casinos that are a "shambles". I have been in Indian casinos in several states from west coast to east coast and not once did I come close to thinking any place was a shambles. The only casino "shambles" I have been in were a few in Reno and downtown Vegas, none of which were owned by Indians. Casinos north of Topeka are owned by Indians and none of them I would classify as a "shambles". The area in question outside Lawrence does not have any housing subdivisions currently. How will it bring down property values? If you are going to make ugly generalizations about Indians ability to manage their casinos provide evidence to back up your statements.

Wayne James 1 year, 1 month ago

Why n heavens name is nearly individual afraid of having a casino in their town/neighborhood? Look the town of Mulvane south of Wichita. The powers that be do not want one in Sedgwick County/Wichita. Whether it's the religious "right" or just that the land that they own is outside the corporate limits of that cow-town, I haven't figured out. Perhaps its that both are involved.
The "bible thumpers" apparently feel that it is sinful to enter a casino and gamble away the household's savings and/or to gamble period. Well, these folks are travelling to Mulvane, North of Topeka and/or to Oklahoma to gamble, drink alcoholic beverages & spend their "hard earned" dollars and have a good time doing it.
Who loses? If one is afraid of neighborhood blight. forget it! The lawful businesses draw in more money for the city & the State than any other business in town could hope to pay into these coffers. Again check out the neighborhood around these casinos & I'm sure one will find NO BLIGHT. These buildings are maintained immaculately due to the amount of revenue they bring. Can any other business say that they own their own facilities and maintain them as do the Indian tribes? AS I said before, check out the casino in Mulvane and the monies they have generated for the city, the county AND the state. I personally don't care one way or the other, but let the Indians do as they wish with their land. Does any one tell the average homeowner that he can't paint his house with stripes or a bright pink if that is what he chooses? No. But most in their neighborhood would consider this a blight. To the citizens of Lawrence/Douglas County, stop whining about the Indians. Weren't they here before you or I? If they want a casino, let them. It would bring in more money in a year than the city/county could gain in two years in their current status. Most casino's also build hotels on their land too. Does anyone think the new hotel in "downtown" Lawrence is going to be a blight? During it's lifetime the hotel will change hands many times. The casino & any adjacent hotel will be forever n the hands of the tribe and WILL generate more business in six months than the new hotel downtown will bring n in two years. They are banking solely on revenue generated by KU. The local won't stay there. Why should they? KC, Lawrence, Ottawa (and surrounding communities) and Topeka residents will come over for a night's entertainment and stay in the adjacent hotel and hopefully off the road. Perhaps the local bar owners are afraid the will lose business. I'll tell everyone the same thing I told the "manager" of the Shakey's Pizza when they first opened on West 23'rd "You will get your share of the business and no more" They had the idea that they were going take all the Pizza business in Lawrence. Guess what. This company is no longer in business....at least not in Lawrence.

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