Commissioners vote to expand Heartland Park District

(KSNT Photo/Rocky Arnold)

TOPEKA (KSNT) – On Thursday Shawnee County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the expansion of the Heartland Park District.

The goal of the plan is to do away with the existing star bond debt.

Topeka mayor Larry Wolgast spoke in favor of the expansion along with representatives from three Kansas City area racing clubs.

Chris Imming was one of the three people who came to voice their concerns, says the bonds should be used to improve the track, not acquire it.

“Every year the City of Topeka submits a report to the state of Kansas listing the progress of the star bond project and I provided a copy of that report to the commission, it lists 27 projects that were promised back in 2005 only 13 of those have been completed for a total of a in current costs of 17 million dollars.”

Imming has started a petition to put the matter to a public vote. He plans on holding a meeting about his petition drive Friday night at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 6:30.

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