Race For Kansas Supporters,
We are proud to report back that late into the evening last night, the Woodlands Special Use Permit was issued with an 8-2 vote from the UG City Planing Commission! Testimony, presentations, and debate lasted over 2 hours and we were very successful in convincing the Planing Commission to issue the Special Use Permit. This is an important first step in reopening the Woodlands. While there is still much left to do, this sent a clear message that the Woodlands, and horse and greyhound racing is still extremely popular in Kansas.
A big thanks to Scott Beeler, the individual representing the Woodlands at the public meeting. His excellent testimony and arguments won the day.
This morning, two great articles were written (one in the KC Star, and the other in the Wyandotte Daily) about the proceedings, with this excerpt being particularly effective:
“Scott Beeler, a Lathrop & Gage attorney representing Ruffin Woodlands, said the site currently generates less than $200,000 in property taxes but would jump to about $1.8 million annually if the facility is rebuilt and reopens as proposed. Also, “unlike Hollywood Casino, we are asking for no public incentives, no tax dollars for Ruffin Woodlands,” Beeler said. “This will be totally privately built.” -Diane Stafford, KC Star