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Hard Rock Casino Coming to KCK

By MIKE TAYLOR Unified Government

Construction will begin in the next few months on phase one of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at Kansas Speedway. Plans call for a temporary casino to be open in 2009, with the completed $705-million destination resort open in 2011.

“This is a great day for the citizens of Wyandotte County and the state of Kansas,” said Kansas Speedway

President Jeff

Boerger. “The


Rock Hotel &

Casino will be a


of-the-art gaming, retail destination





square-feet of destination retail, din- ing and entertainment including a live music venue; first-class resort amenities; and extensive meeting and convention facilities.

“The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will be the premiere gaming desti- nation in the Midwest. And com- plimented by the Kansas Speedway, Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, Vil- lage West and The Legends Shopping and Entertainment District, KCK and Wyandotte County will be the place for conventions, entertainment, family fun, shopping and dining,” declared Mayor Joe Reardon.







ally from across the Kansas City region.”




The 1.5 million square-foot, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will include a 300-room luxury hotel; a state-of-the- art casino with 3,000 slot machines and 140 gaming tables; 275,000

Kansas Speedway is building the destination resort in partnership with the Cordish Company, developer of the Power and Light District in down- town Kansas City.

“In the end, they chose the project that will truly create the most benefit for the people of Kansas. Like we have

Artist rendering of the proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at Kansas speedway set to open in 2009.

done so successfully in other com- destination development that will fur- munities across the country, Cordish ther enhance Kansas City’s attractive

looks forward to creating a unique

See Hard Rock Casino Page 7

Sunday Bus Service

Seven Day Transit Service on the Street

Mayor and Commission Cut Taxes Despite Tough Economy

Mayor Joe Reardon and Congressman Dennis Moore ride the bus from downtown KCK to village West. They attended a Transit summit to discuss the importance of public


Sunday bus service is back, mak- ing it possible to get from downtown Kansas City to Village West on public tranportation seven days a week. The Unified Government Transit and Kan- sas City Area Transportation jointly launched the new #101-Minnesota/

State Avenue route on September 28.

The new #101-Minnesota/State Avenue combines the current #101-Minnesota and #114-State

See BUs sERvICE Page 6

By MIKE TAYLOR Unified Government

Mayor Joe Reardon and the Unified Government Board of Commissioners cut the city/ county tax rate by more than 1.5% even though the economy is taking a dramatic toll on rev- enues.

The Commission agreed to cut the city tax rate by half a mill and the county tax rate by one- tenth of a mill for a combined tax rate reduction of six tenths of a mill. A mill is one dollar in tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value.

While the tax cut is not as large as past years, Mayor Rear- don and Commissioners still want to send taxpayers the clear message that they are committed to the on-going mission of lower-

ing property taxes for Wyandotte County residents and property owners.

“I’m pleased we did not let up in reducing property tax rates. Lower taxes is the number one issue for our citizens,” stated Mayor Reardon.

The Unified Government tax rate (combined city-county share of the tax bill) has been reduced nearly 26% since 1997. The UG tax levy continues to be less than half of the total tax bill paid by Wyandotte County residents. Public school districts, the Kansas City Kansas Com- munity College and the State of Kansas account for more than 50% of most Wyandotte Coun- ty tax statements. Learn more about your tax bill and how the

See 2007 BUDGET Page 6

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