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West Springfield Casino Referendum Vote Will Be Held September 10

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The West Springfield Town Council has chosen Tuesday, September 10 as the day that the community will hold its referendum vote on Hard Rock’s casino proposal.

The decision was made Tuesday evening at a special meeting of the town council.   Our crew on scene reports they voted unanimously in favor of that date.

West Springfield Mayor, Greg Neffinger signed the host community agreement between the city and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on July 11.

The referendum vote will now be held the same day as the state primary which will allow residents to get their ballots in before the Big E starts.

The agreement includes $40 million in upfront payments, focusing on traffic infrastructure, and police and fire safety investments.

Mayor Neffinger says there is also additional money in the agreement already set aside for the casino’s social impacts, like gambling addictions.

Competing proposals include MGM in Springfield which residents voted “Yes” to on July 16 and Mohegan Sun in Palmer. It’s still the state gaming commission though that has final say.

HArd-Rock_Mass_Final2WEBWest Springfield Town Council

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