Four local governments — Kansas City, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., Johnson County and Jackson County — pledged Thursday to spend $260,000 to help bring the 2016 Republican convention to the area.
The announcement was made at Sporting Park.
Each jurisdiction will contribute $65,000. The money will help defray the costs of travel, entertainment, production and the presentation of the city’s bid.
City Manager Troy Schulte said the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association has already spent $100,000 on the bid.
Mayor Sly James said the convention recruitment effort is a legitimate use of public funds.
“This isn’t the first time taxpayer money has been used for a convention,” he said. “It’s not that big of a deal.”
James also said the bad publicity surrounding a possible serial shooter in the Kansas City area won’t hurt the city’s bid.
“There is no city in this country that is immune to this,” he said.