BOSTON Voters in Taunton are casting ballots on the fate of a proposal by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to build a $500 million resort casino.
Hundreds of absentee ballots have already been cast in Taunton; that’s comparable to a presidential election.
Proponents say a casino would provide jobs and millions of dollars to support city services.
Opponents argue quality of life and property values in the city would suffer.
The referendum is nonbinding. However, the mayor says he’ll respect the outcome and withdraw the casino proposal, if voters reject it.