Construction has already started on a new IHOP restaurant in Dodge City, and it hopes to get a new tax incentive.
Developers have requested to become a Community Improvement District. It's an incentive that allows developers to charge a higher sales tax to pay for development. In this case, the owners of the restaurant want to charge an extra 1% sales tax.
Right now the proposed area includes just the restaurant. Dodge City officials say they believe the move is positive for both developers and the city.
"I think it opens doors for more developers to consider coming to a community and it doesn't cost the city anything to have this program," said city spokesperson Jane Longmeyer.
A public hearing on the incentive is scheduled before a decision is made. That meeting will happen at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 1.
The city of Wichita has also used the incentive, with several businesses now charging a higher sales tax as Community Improvement Districts. Those developments include a Cabela's on the east side of town.