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Wichita dog track to reopen?

Published On: Jan 10 2014 10:23:28 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 10 2014 10:28:29 PM CST
WICHITA, Kan. -

Wichita's Greyhound Park has been sitting dark every night since 2007.  Owner Phil Ruffin says the track can't make money without slot machines.

Sedgwick County voters rejected the plan once before, but Ruffin and his group called, "Wichita Wins" hope public opinion has changed.  They've announced a new plan to renovate and reopen Greyhound Park.  The group says that would create 500 jobs, nearly 2 million dollars in gaming revenue for the county, and well over a million dollars a year in property taxes. 

Spokeswoman Beth King says voters now see all the local gaming revenue going to the casino in Sumner County.  She says they should get another chance to decide to keep that money here.

"Gaming is a reality in Kansas, despite my personal opinion or yours or anybody else's," King says.  "I really think this is about respecting our right to vote."

But before any public vote, state lawmakers have to agree.  Legislation is in the works for the upcoming session.

Sedgwick County voters rejected the slot machine plan by only 244 votes in 2007.

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