HUTCHINSON, Kan. — It’s already law, but the ceremonial signing of the Kansas State Fair sales tax bill was held on the fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon.
The event was held in the domestic arts building with a large crowd of residents, dignitaries and local politicians. Gov. Jeff Colyer was present for the ceremonial signing.
The ceremony also included remarks from Interim GM Bob Moeder, Chamber President Debra Teufel, Reno County Commissioner Ron Hirst and Virginia Crossland-Macha, President of the Fair Board.
Teufel spoke about the fair’s importance to the local economy:
Gov. Jeff Colyer also spoke before the ceremonial signing:
He talked with the media after the bill signing about his feelings toward the state fair:
The funds will go to the fair’s CIP fund. Based on the events that come to the fairgrounds each year, it has the potential to generate as much as $400,000 per year.
The event begins at 4 p.m. at the domestic arts building. The ceremony will include remarks from Interim GM Bob Moeder, Chamber President Debra Teufel and Hutchinson Mayor Steve Dechant, as well as Virginia Crossland-Macha, President of the Fair Board.
The official signing and remarks from Gov. Jeff Colyer are set for 5 p.m. followed by a cake cutting.
The new law signed last month will allow the fair to collect the sales tax it generates. The funds will go to the fair’s CIP fund. The fair is expected to collect about $400,000 in revenue from the new law each year.