MULVANE, Kan. (AP) — Revenue from the Kansas Star Casino's first 10 months in operation has exceeded the revenue earned by the two other casinos in Kansas in about the same period, lottery officials said.
The Kansas Lottery Commission said the casino, which opened in Mulvane on Dec. 20, 2011, had earned $158.8 million through the end of October.
That tops the revenue earned in nearly the same period by the two other state-owned casinos, the commission said. Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City earned $119.4 million, and Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, which opened Feb. 3, has earned $93.3 million, according to The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/VxiXUZ ).
The Kansas Star, operated by Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming, employs about 1,000 people.
"I think we have exceeded our expectations in terms of the number of people who have visited here and the number of people we have employed," said Scott Cooper, Kansas Star's general manager.
He said 22 percent of Kansas Star's gambling revenue goes to the state. Three percent is split equally between Sedgwick and Sumner counties and Mulvane.
Through Oct. 31, Sumner and Sedgwick counties and Mulvane each received more than $1.5 million from the casino's gambling revenue. Gambling revenue from the casino has allowed the Sumner County Commission to cut county property taxes by 27 percent.
"It's been a great impact," said Sumner County Commissioner Jim Newell. "It's been kind of what we expected. Of course most of the money we receive from the casino went to property tax reduction this year.
In Mulvane, City Administrator Kent Hixson said, gambling revenue allowed the city to reduce residents' electric utility rates by 5 percent. He said in fiscal year 2013, the city will be able to lower residents' property tax bills because of casino revenue.
"Before the casino came online, our property tax base was $33 million," Hixson said. "This year's addition from the casino added about $22 million to the tax base."
In Sedgwick County, Commission Chairman Tim Norton said gambling revenue has helped the county avoid making reductions in services and programs as it dealt with less revenue.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com