TOPEKA — A project aimed at luring the American Royal horse and livestock exhibition to the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area could include a new hotel, children’s museum and 5,000-seat arena for hockey.
A Kansas Department of Commerce report obtained Monday by The Associated Press says the proposed development “is assumed” to include those projects and 12 other elements.
The American Royal is a 2.5-month exhibition each fall in Kansas City, Mo.
But the proposal’s future is uncertain.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration wants to use a special economic development program to fund it. But Kansas legislators have included a provision in budget legislation to prevent the state from doing so.
They say Kansas is too cash-strapped to give up sales tax revenue as part of the program.