WICHITA — Drury Southwest, the new owners of the Broadview Hotel, could add a 2 percent sales tax to its transactions under a special tax district Wichita City Council members will vote on today.
The extra tax would generate up to $2.6 million to help the company finance construction of a restaurant, health center and elevated walkway between the hotel and adjacent parking garage.
Such districts, called community improvement districts, have been debated in recent weeks. In coming weeks, council members are poised to adopt new rules that will likely require stores in the districts to post signs that warn customers of the extra tax.
Also at this morning's 9 a.m. meeting, council members plan to vote whether to spend $450,000 of city money to leverage about $1.6 million in federal funds for a bike path.
The path would connect McAdams and Grove parks. McAdams is northwest of 13th Street and I-135; Grove is south of K-96 and just west of Hillside.
The meeting will be followed by a workshop at about 11:30 a.m., where Sedgwick County Commissioners and council members will discuss air quality issues.