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Mass. Town to Vote on Foxwoods’ Casino Proposal

(Photo Courtesy: Crossroads Massachusetts LLC)

(Photo Courtesy: Crossroads Massachusetts LLC)

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — Milford residents are deciding whether to put out the welcome mat for a proposed $1 billion resort casino that would be built off Interstate 495.

Town officials are predicting a large turnout for Tuesday’s vote on the plan offered by Crossroads Massachusetts, a group led by Connecticut casino operator Foxwoods.

The Milford Daily News reports steady lines at polling places.

Opponents say the casino would reduce property values, snarl traffic and strain water supplies.

Backers point to a host community agreement that calls for Foxwoods to make $31 million in annual payments to the town if the casino is built.

The company, which hopes to compete for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license, announced a deal last week for additional financing, a requirement set by the state’s gambling commission as part of a conditional suitability finding.