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Kearney Mayor Reacts to Public Funding for Archway

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The next three years the city of Kearney will invest $225,000 in the Great Platte River Road Archway. People in the community have mixed views.

"If it does bring more traffic in I think a lot of that traffic will be through Kearney and bring business here, I think let's give it a try for a couple years let's see how it does," said Kearney resident Walter Martin.

"A lot more money was lost to people that were promised money, so I feel that a year free in the clear before funding would be sufficient, but no public funding this close to being bankrupt," said Kearney resident Jim Bunger.

The money for the Archway is not coming from taxes. It will be coming from the city's KENO fund.

"We could have used those dollars on something else, this is important to I think that by in large the council, it was important enough to allocate those dollars at least to support this effort," said Mayor Stan Clouse.

The mayor says money for the archway could have gone towards ball fields, lights and more money for parks and rec. Clouse says supporting the museum was important because it is a symbol of Kearney.

"We can really look efficiencies that can be gained and do some due diligence in the operation of it see if we get back on track so it is self–sustaining, without support from the city, the city, the county or the visitors bureau, obviously that's the long term goal," said Clouse.

The Visitors Bureau says they will put 450 thousand dollars in the monument. On December 10th the Buffalo County board of supervisors will decide if they want to invest as well.

 

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