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All Springfield Residents Will Get to Vote on a Casino Host Agreement


Vote HereSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield residents citywide will be able to vote on a host agreement with casino developers.

The decision was made by the Springfield City Council tonight according to our crew who was on scene at their meeting at City Hall.

Discussion on whether to have a citywide or ward specific vote has been on the table for some time in Springfield.

The City Council Planning and Economic Development Committee held meetings with the public throughout the fall to get a general consensus on whether every Springfield resident gets a say or just those who live in the area where a casino is being proposed.

At the time, City Councilor Bud Williams explained to ABC40 News, “The consensus has overwhelmingly been a city wide vote, but we want to engage all the neighborhoods in the city.  We want transparency. We want all the neighborhoods to participate in this process.”

Last Week, both MGM and Penn National Gaming filed their applications for a casino in the city.

Mayor Sarno is scheduled to decide by January 25th whether he intends to negotiate a host community agreement with one or both casino companies.

No date has been set yet for when this citywide vote will take place.


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