Kansas City Missouri Approves Casino Improvement District
- Jun 20, 2012 | Susan McLain
The Kansas City Missouri City Council approved the petition from Ameristar Casinos to create a Community Improvement District (CID) for the casino to impose a sales tax. Ordinance 120482, creating the new 210 Highway Community Improvement District in Kansas City, Missouri, is effective June 17, 2012.
The sales tax to be imposed is intended for services and improvements to the casino. The improvements and services requested “…are based upon the knowledge of the District Property and the needs of the District at this time and are thus subject to change or revision upon further inquiry.” The annual need is estimated at $195,000.
A five year plan was developed that includes:
- Ongoing maintenance and security functions
- Producing and promoting tourism
- Make, maintain, equip and/or repair facilities
- Landscaping maintenance
The sales tax cannot exceed one percent (1.0%).
One of the motivators for passing the petition for the District “…was the fact that they have a $400 million competitor over on the Kansas side of the road that has already had a 10 percent impact on their business,” according to Ed Ford, City Councilman.