Noah's Ark Tourist Attraction Sparks Debate
16 hours ago - ABC News 2:25 | 182337 views
Some believe using state funds to build a Bible-themed attraction is wrong.
There are NO federal tax dollars being spent. The park is being 100% build with their own private funds. The issue is tax incentives. Under Kentucky’s Tourism Development Act, tourist attractions can get back up to 25 percent of their development costs over 10 years from sales tax generated at the facility. Ark Encounter stands to receive $37.5 million — a quarter of its investment. Officials in Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said in a telephone interview that they examined the constitutional issues carefully before proceeding. They said that Ark Encounter is unlike the Creation Museum, which is run by the Answers in Genesis ministry and received no tax incentives. Ark Encounter is owned by a profit-making company, of which Answers in Genesis is a part owner.
Answer by MissAlisabeth at 9:22 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
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Answer by Mamma2E at 1:38 PM on Dec. 8, 2010
The major difference is that this will bring in state revenue - the mosque will NOT. It's not the same. The funds used will create jobs and will benefit the entire state, no matter your religion.
Answer by scout_mom at 1:43 PM on Dec. 8, 2010