KC RNC 2016 bid receives contributions from local governments

$260,000 will come from taxpayers

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Leaders from Kansas City, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., Jackson and Johnson County came together in the home of Sporting Kansas City on Thursday to announce a contribution to the 2016 KC RNC bid.

"A collaborative effort and to collaborate leverage all of our assets in the region to offer to the RNC," Sly James, Kansas City Mayor said.

Each will contribute $65,000 dollars to the ongoing efforts for Kansas City to host 2016 Republican National Convention.

"It directly benefits the entire region and it directly benefits Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas," Mark Holland, the head of Unified Government of Wyandotte County said.

However, taxpayers will fork over the money. "It is a use of money in order to generate economic activity which we have to do and it's done all the time," Mayor James said.

A resolution in place allows the governments to contribute the money without approval from city council.

"We don't know what commitment they're making of taxpayer money, the money that they've spent we don't where it's going and the economic impact that they give us on how much we'll benefit is spurious," Patrick Tuohey, a staff member at the Show-Me Institute said.

According to the city officials, Kansas City has already spent $100,000 on the bid.

"I think there will be a certain amount of concern in Kansas City if we're spending this much money just to be considered," Tuohey said.

Mayor James disagrees. "It happens once in a lifetime. $200,000 to $300,000 for that opportunity is nothing because the results of having this here will be for decades to come," he said.

People involved with the bid said if Kansas City were to host the convention, it would bring $200-$300 million in revenue.

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