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Casino applicant plans donations to Sumner County schools, other groups

If it wins the state contract to build a casino near Wellington, Global Gaming will contribute at least $1.5 million annually to a Sumner County foundation to go to school districts, health providers and economic and community development entities in the county.

Global has entered into an agreement with the Sumner County Commission to make the contributions.

The commission would create the Sumner County Foundation. The foundation would consist of the mayor of each incorporated city in the county and be chaired by the county commission chairman.

Global Gaming Solutions of Ada, Okla., is competing with Peninsula Gaming, of Dubuque, Iowa, for the right to build and manage the county's state-owned casino.

Peninsula plans a casino for one of two alternate sites near Mulvane, and has proposed a $1.5 million education fund if it is selected.

The companies will appear Wednesday before the state's casino review board after the board receives reports from consultants regarding gaming revenues, amenities, economic impacts and other considerations of the two casino proposals.

The board is scheduled to select the winner on Dec. 15.

The Sumner County Foundation would direct funds to school districts in the county according to a formula based on student enrollment.

Funds for health would be distributed according to a formula prorated based on the annual budgets of entities such as hospitals and health departments.

Economic and community development funds would be directed to entities and projects intended to stimulate economic growth, parks and recreation, and charitable projects in the county.

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