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2 Casino Companies with Springfield Proposals Have Yet to Pay $400,000 Fee

Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — Two casino companies proposing locations in Springfield have not yet come forth with their $400,000 application fee.

That’s according to Springfield Mayor, Domenic Sarno who told ABC40, “MGM is the only one that has paid the $400,000 fee.  Penn National Gaming, Ameristar, Mohegan Sun Palmer have not.”

The casino companies that Sarno is most interested in though, is Penn National Gaming and Ameristar Casinos, as they are the only other two companies vying for a spot in Springfield besides MGM Resorts International.

On Friday, city officials extended the deadline for the gaming companies looking to set up shop in the city, from December 14 to January 3, 2013.

“We wanted to make sure this is done the right way. We want to make sure all the studies are done properly, we want the best proposal for the city and the commonwealth…so we did extend the deadline,” explains Sarno.

At the end of October, all three companies qualified for the next phase of the selection process and are required to pay a $400,000 non-refundable application fee to the state to continue in the process.

The Springfield Casino Site Committee’s next meeting is this Wednesday starting at 5:00 p.m.


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