After more than a year of litigation, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority met yesterday to officially approve the tax incentives worth up to $18 million for Ken Ham‘s Noah’s Ark Theme Park (a.k.a. Ark Encounter).
You may recall the state of Kentucky said Answers in Genesis was ineligible to receive those tax incentive in December of 2014 because it was discriminating in hiring. However, earlier this year, a judge overruled that decision, declaring that the park’s status as a tourist attraction trumped the fact that it was a Christian park hiring Christian employees.
The Board approved the incentives on a 7-0 vote (with two members absent). Though it’s worth noting who was voting:
A state board restocked last week with new appointees by Gov. Matt Bevin has quietly approved the long-sought tax incentives worth up to $18 million for the controversial Noah’s Ark theme park due to open this summer in Grant County.
Just last week Bevin changed the makeup of the authority’s board — replacing four members and reappointing one.
Isn’t that convenient…?
The park is scheduled to open on July 7.
(Thanks to Dan for the link)