Hutchinson to vote on sales tax increase for arena

Hutchinson Sports Arena (KSN Photo)

HUTCHINSON, Kansas – Hutchinson residents will vote in April on a proposed 0.35 percent sales tax increase to improve the city’s sports arena.

Supporters got a boost Tuesday when The National Junior College Athletic Association said it would keep its men’s national championship basketball tournament in Hutchinson for another 25 years if the Sports Arena is significantly improved.

The city council voted Tuesday to put the proposal on the April 7 ballot. Revenue from the increase would fund most of a proposed $29 million plan to improve the arena, which was built in 1962.

The NJCAA said in a letter to the city that it has already approved the 25-year extension, if the tax passes. The tournament is currently under a 10-year contract that ends in 2017.

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