Wellington Council to meet tonight to discuss hotel incentives; issue bonds to rec, helping Susan’s Portraits, etc.

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Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down Guest · 353 weeks ago Definitely need to support Susan’s requests – she gives back a lot to the community! Report Reply 1 reply · active 353 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Over The Hill · 353 weeks ago I think the tourism fund would be a lot better spent on promoting events. But using the tourism tax to help build more motels is like forcing our current motel owners to pay for their own competition. Maybe can close some motels like some of our policies have run other business owners out. Report Reply 1 reply · active 353 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 353 weeks ago I really do like Susan. Really I do. We have pictures taken with her at least once a year. Unless the property is already owned by the city, NO tax money should go to fix it up! My god people. I had no idea that’s the deal Gill/Erickson got. A Dentist and Chiropractor?!?! Is the city going to be on the next episode of “Flip This House”? What’s the interest rate going to be? Can I get a loan to make property improvements? Giving me a loan would be win/win for them. Not only would I pay it back (can I get 20 years?), but it would increase my property taxes so the local government would get even more blood out of me. The city isn’t a damn bank. A previous comment says we need to do this for her because she gives back to the community…..the only thing I’ve gotten from her is a bill! What ever happened to ‘save for what you want’. SMH….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 353 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Jim · 353 weeks ago The Chamber of Commerce only gets a very small part of the Motel / Guest tax. They use their small part to promote events that come to town and local museums. The money goes directly to the city. The city controls what is does with that money. Only a small amount is allocated to the Chamber, the rest is used by the city as they like. This Motel / guest tax is collected by the motels and was intended by the state to promote tourism in order promote more business including motel business. Report Reply 0 replies · active 353 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down myopinion · 353 weeks ago Susan can get a loan just like everyone has to pretty much. I’d rather the money go toward school improvements or clean up some nastiness at the meat packing plant. Report Reply 1 reply · active 353 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down guest · 353 weeks ago So the city of Wellington is a bank now?? Let’s all apply for a loan! What is the interest rate? A lot of businesses AND individuals give back to the community. The City Council set a precedent when they helped Gill, Erickson & Gill. I go to a real bank when I need help expanding or updating my business operation. What happens if these businesses, including the Rec Center, default on their loans? Hmmm….. Maybe the city can get the federal government to print more money for them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 353 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down guest · 353 weeks ago Currently the business district has a weak pulse. No fault of anyone or any agency, it is what it is. Diversity is the key to help struggling businesses suceed. Think outside the box… Report Reply 0 replies · active 353 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down WTF · 353 weeks ago $18,000 dollars is a small amount of money. Susan’s should go to the bank and borrow the money ask for a 10 year payoff. I am tired of everyone have their hand out. I didn’t ask for any perks when I built my business and in under 10 years my loan is paid off. I think if you think it is a good idea pony up your own money or got get someone (not the city) to back you. That is what banks and partners are for. You think a hotel is a good idea? Go out and raise the money and get the bank loans. The problem with that is that they can’t get the money. They have shown that or it would under construction by now. Report Reply 0 replies · active 353 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 353 weeks ago I’ll be writing a story on the Susan Portrait city grant situation, so in the meantime try to reserve judgment. Report Reply 3 replies · active 274 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Larry · 353 weeks ago Well speaking as a person that travels to the Wellington area about once a year, you have to get a hotel. I prefer to stay in Wellington, but won’t. 2 years ago I stayed in a hotel there and would have be better to pitch a tent. would have been nicer. When I came this year, I got a room in Wichita. I was there for 5 days, and enjoyed it a lot more. So either get new hotels or force the ones that are there to make upgrades. they make Wellington really look bad. Report Reply 0 replies · active 353 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments  by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council will be meeting tonight for its regular session starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Council Chambers on 317 S. Washington.It could be an interesting meeting.Currently, Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said there are several people looking to bring in new hotel lodging or expand lodging at a current facility. One developer expressed interest in building a Best Western Hotel across from McDonald’s (see story here). Another developer allegedly expressed interest in building a hotel near the Kansas Turnpike Authority gate. There have also been two other proposals that have not been divulged publicly.But like a bunch of fish nibbling on that earthworm on the hook, no bass are taking the bite. So the city council will be contemplating sweetening the bait — i.e. add a bigger worm.The council will be considering using touring tax derived from the use of hotel/motel rooms as incentives for developers. The idea is to use the monies to pay infrastructure costs associated with hotel development.Currently the city of Wellington levies a 6 percent tourism tax on the gross receipts derived from people staying at hotel/motels here. These monies are then used to promote tourism to assist with marketing of conventions, etc.Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said in a memo to the council this week that the council needs to revise the charter ordinance so that the city could use this type of revenue for infrastructure costs associated with hotel development. It will not affect tourism money going to the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, Collins said.•••••Also, Collins is requesting the implementation of a committee that will deal with the distribution of the tourism tax. Currently, that decision is up to the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce.In other business items, the council will decide on the following matters:•Determine whether to grant the Wellington Recreation Commission a $990,000 bond issue for the $1.8 million proposed expansion of the WRC facility to the west.  The city’s role would be to serve as Guarantor, someone who guarantees a debt can be repaid. Collins said to issue the bonds in this project will go through a Public Building Commission. The bond issue would not have an impact on the city’s ability to issue debt and it does not affect the debt limit, Collins said.•Determine whether to assist Susan’s Portraits and Designs, a photography business that is looking to move to North Plum (near Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store). The proposal is to provide the business funding to prepare the site, construct a parking lot and any other additional site improvements as necessary. The cost is estimated not to exceed $18,000 and will be paid back by the owners over a 10-year period. The deal is identical for the one given to Gill/Erickson for its Crossfit, Dentistry, and Chiropractic Center on U.S. 160.•contemplate approving the CMB application because the change of the business from La Fiesta to Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant.last_img

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