The group seeking to build a proposed Noah's Ark theme park in Grant County is once again seeking approval of tax incentives.
The Courier-Journal reports Ark Encounter is expected to return to Frankfort on Tuesday to seek the incentives.
Three years ago, the group won approval of incentives for its entire $172.5 million project. But because of funding problems, it withdrew that application and now is seeking approval for a $73 million first phase of the biblical theme park.
Ark Encounter is applying to participate in a program that allows eligible tourism attractions a rebate of 25 percent of the sales tax they collect on admission tickets, souvenirs, food and other things over 10 years. For this application, the rebates would be as much as $18.25 million.
One of TV’s best known science educators, Bill Nye, wrapped up this week’s visit to Kentucky by debating the founder of the Creation Museum Tuesday evening.
Ken Ham, the founder and CEO of the museum in Northern Kentucky, challenged Nye to debate the topic, “Is Creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era.”
Ham believes science can be reconciled with a belief that the world was created in six days and is only six thousand years old, a view that comes from a literal interpretation of the Bible.
“I don’t know of any other religion that has a book that starts off by telling you there’s an infinite God and talks about the origin of the universe and the origin of matter and the origin of light and the origin of darkness and the origin of day and night," Ham said during the debate.
Ham invited Nye to debate following Nye’s 2012 YouTube video in which he stated that teaching divine creation was harmful to children and to American society.
A Noah’s Ark biblical theme park planned for northern Kentucky could collapse without more bond buyers. Bloomberg News reports about $29 million in unrated municipal bonds need to be purchased by February 6 in order to make the park a reality.
An email sent to supporters by the head of the Christian non-profit group Answers in Genesis said that construction funding will fall short unless the proceeds are found.
The same group behind the northern Kentucky Creation Museum is hoping to build the Ark Encounter theme park, complete with a 510-foot wooden ark.
Bloomberg says industrial-development bonds are considered the riskiest municipal debt because they lead to the highest proportion of defaults in the municipal market.
Science guy Bill Nye is set to visit Kentucky next month for a debate on science and creation with Creation Museum founder Ken Ham.
Ham wrote on his Facebook page that the museum will play host to Nye, the former host of a popular youth science show, on Feb. 4.
Nye has been critical of creationists for their opposition to evolution and asserting that the Old Testament is a literal account of the earth’s beginnings. Last year in an online video that drew nearly six million views, Nye said teaching creationism was bad for children.
The video prompted a response video from the Creation Museum and Ham later challenged him to a debate.
The event will be titled “Is Creation A Viable Model of Origins?” The museum is planning to charge admission.
A New Jersey-based organization hopes to move its online-only hall of fame for creationist to a brick-and-mortar facility in northern Kentucky. The founders of the Creation Science Hall of Fame, which exists now only as a website, hope to locate along Interstate 75 about halfway between the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter.