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For Immediate Release Dec. 7, 2011
Contact: Jen Rezac, 785.354.4237
TOPEKA, KAN. The Wichita chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity-Kansas released the following statement today in response to an effort to have signees remove their names from the recent petition to force an election on a Wichita charter ordinance.
Activists with Americans for Prosperity and many other local organizations are firmly engaged in the public process, acting on our right to ask for a public vote on how our city doles out tax dollars to private interests. Certainly the opposition in this matter is acting on its right to fight our efforts.
A hearty "thank you" is in order for the thousands of Wichitans who made the effort to add their signature to the protest petition circulated by the Wichita AFP chapter and other local groups who believe one local hotel should not get a better tax break than its competitors.
In September, the Wichita City Council approved an incentive package for developers of Ambassador Hotel downtown, including a provision allowing the hotel to keep 75 percent of the guest tax it charges its customers. Activists launched an effort to collect enough signatures of registered voters to put this portion of the incentive package up for a public vote. Just over 2,500 signatures were required for the effort, but thanks to the dedication of activists willing to circulate the petition we turned in more than 3,500 signatures on Monday.
You have probably heard by now that Americans for Prosperitys Wichita chapter is working with other local groups to let voters decide whether to allow the downtown Ambassador Hotel to keep a large portion of the special guest tax it charges for its own use.
Our petition efforts are on-going, and we have until the first week of December to gather the needed signatures. Registered voters who put their names on the petition are telling the city council that they support a ballot measure asking Wichita residents if the city should refund 75% of the hotels guest tax back to the hotel for its own use.
You are invited to join us for an Americans for Prosperity-Kansas grassroots meeting this week in Newton.
Well be meeting in the basement of the Harvey County Courthouse (800 North Main St., Newton) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17. The topic of discussion will include:
The state of the states economy
How Kansas compares to other states
Using competition to grow our states economy
State representative Marc Rhoades will be our featured guest speaker for the grassroots meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Harvey County Courthouse.
If you have questions about the upcoming meeting, please contact Susan Estes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Americans for Prosperity's Wichita area chapter will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at the Alford Branch of the Wichita Public Library (3447 S. Meridian). There is no charge to attend, and we invite anyone and everyone to attend. For questions about the meeting, please contact Wichita volunteer coordinator John Todd at email@example.com, or AFP Kansas field director Susan Estes at firstname.lastname@example.org.