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Holyoke City Council To Vote On Non-binding Casino Ballot Question

holyoke casino questionHOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — The casino discussion continued Monday night despite Mayor Alex Morse being strongly against a casino.

The City Council Subcommittee on Redevelopment heard about the possible impacts of a casino in the region and discussed ways of getting information on the projects out to the public.

“Nothing is over until western Mass. gets one license,” said Joe McGiverin, Holyoke City Councilor.

The committee will contact Paper City Development and Eric Suher of Mountain Park to see if they are interested in making presentations at a public forum. Once the committee hears back from the developers they’ll vote to officially schedule the forum.

“I think it’s important the voters of Holyoke hear what the proposal were … so they can at least understand what the plus and minuses would be for Holyoke itself,” said McGiverin.

Meantime, the people of Holyoke may have their chance to weigh in. Some councilors are hoping to attach a non-binding ballot question to the special U.S. Senate Election. It would ask the people of Holyoke to vote yes or no for a casino.

“Allow the people to vote. If the people want it let them speak and say we want it. If they don’t want it, it will set it to rest, but allow the people to vote,” said Anthony Soto, Holyoke City Councilor.

“This would put it on the ballot so the citizens could once again express their views,” said Linda Vacon, Holyoke City Councilor.

The vote is set for Tuesday night during the full city council meeting.

Even if they vote in favor of the ballot question the final decision to negotiate with a casino developer remains with the mayor.


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