Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City of Topeka Considers Providing $300,000 in Bed Tax Funds to Evel Knievel Museum

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City of Topeka Considers Providing $300,000 in Bed Tax Funds to Evel Knievel Museum

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This summer's planned opening of an Evel Knievel Museum will bring Topeka a significant jump in visitors on motorcycles, according to an application seeking city funding for the project.

"The number of motorcyclists that seek us out is going to skyrocket," said the document the city received last year from Mike Patterson, owner of Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka.

The city's governing body on April 12 will consider approving a contract that would allocate $300,000 in revenue to the museum from the city's transient guest tax, according to the preliminary agenda for that meeting. That agenda was posted Thursday on the city's website.

The museum plans to open in early- to mid-summer, according to the website for Visit Topeka Inc., which works to attract visitors to Topeka.

Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka, 2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd., announced last July that it would build an addition that would house the world's largest assortment of Evel Knievel memorabilia.

Knievel achieved fame as a daredevil and stuntman in the 1970s, becoming known in particular for motorcycle jumps. He died in 2007 at age 69.

Patterson submitted an application last year seeking a $500,000 allocation from among $4.68 million in revenue anticipated to be brought in by the seventh cent of the city's seven-cent transient guest tax between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2027.

The city levies the 7 percent transient guest tax, also known as the "bed tax," on hotels and other businesses that provide temporary lodging. Those businesses pass the costs along to their guests.

The total budget for the Knievel Museum project is estimated at $3.5 million, according to Patterson's application.

The Knievel Museum is conservatively projected to bring 100,000 visitors a year, the application said.

It said those visitors would drive into "the heart" of Topeka and "provide a captured out of town audience of tourists providing us the opportunity to promote other Topeka attractions while they are here. …

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