West Springfield to Add MGM Referendum to Ballot
By Heather Duggan
September 30th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The West Springfield town council voted unanimously Monday to add a question about MGM’s casino proposal for Springfield to their November 5th ballot.
Town councilors we talked to say they aren’t satisified with MGM’s communication, and they’re worried about what some of the negative impacts a casino in Springfield could mean for their town.
The ballot question will ask voters if they approve of a casino in Springfield.
“I would just say the reason for this to be on the ballot is to allow the voices of the people to be heard, again, if you will. And it’s very important. Just get out to vote,” said Town Councilor Brian Griffin.
MGM Springfield has released this statement on Monday’s decision:
“We have met with Mayor Neffinger in West Springfield, as well as with the chief executives, or their designees, in all of Springfield’s abutting communities. We continue to work with them to advance the required studies to assess the impact of MGM Springfield on their communities. It seems shortsighted to ask voters to formulate an opinion prior to having all of the pertinent information, including results from the comprehensive impact studies, which are under way. Still, we are confident that MGM Springfield’s overwhelming positives — thousands of jobs where they are most needed and $800 million of investment that will result in significant economic impact across the region — will appeal to the voters on the West Side, just as they did to the City of Springfield’s voters in July.”
–Carole Brennan, MGM Springfield spokeswoman