WICHITA, Kan. — County officials are auctioning off the property of a former racetrack near Wichita that’s been closed for about 10 years.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Sedgwick County commissioners agreed Wednesday to auction the Wichita Greyhound Park, which has been appraised for over $2 million. It shut down when voters rejected a measure to allow slot machines at the facility.

Commissioners say gambling magnate Phil Ruffin has recently tried to purchase the land, but county officials decided it wouldn’t be appropriate to sell without competitive bidding. Ruffin owns buildings on the property and pays the county $87,000 a year in rent.

Ruffin has been unsuccessful for a decade in his efforts to have the Legislature revisit the slot machine issue.

Commissioners say they could use the auction funding for pressing needs like firefighting equipment.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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