Global Gaming adds to casino proposal

Global Gaming Solutions has added a late sweetener to its casino proposal for Sumner County.

If it wins the state contract to build the county's casino, Global 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.

Its rival, Peninsula Gaming, already has said it would provide a $1.5 million annual education fund for the county.

The state's casino review board is nearing a decision about whether Global or Peninsula will get the contract.

The board will meet today in Topeka to receive reports from a group of consultants about the casino proposals of both companies. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Ramada Inn, 420 SE Sixth Ave.

The consultants have analyzed the potential gaming revenue, non-gaming amenities, construction costs, and economic and fiscal impacts of each proposed casino.

The applicants will have 45 minutes each to respond to the reports.

Global plans a $280 million facility for Wellington's turnpike exit. Peninsula plans a $260 million casino for one of two alternate sites near Mulvane.

The seven-member review board will hold a teleconference with the consultants and applicants on Tuesday to gather follow-up information.

It is scheduled to select the winning applicant on Dec. 15.

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission will conduct background checks of the winner before giving final approval.

The Sumner County Foundation would be created by the Sumner County Commission, Global says. It would consist of the mayor of each incorporated city in the county and be chaired by the county commission chairman.

The foundation would direct funds from Global to school districts in the county according to a formula based on student enrollment.

Funds for health would be distributed according to a formula 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.

Peninsula has said its $1.5 million educational fund would give teachers $500 a year to buy supplies, offer a $100 credit for back-to-school supplies for all K-12 students in the county and Mulvane districts, and give $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to attend college.

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