The Associated Press

West Springfield Voters Reject Casino Proposal

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — West Springfield voters have rejected a proposal to host a casino in the western part of the state.

The vote Tuesday was 55 percent to 45 percent against Hard Rock International’s proposal for a resort casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition.

West Springfield’s agreement with Hard Rock would have provided more than $26 million in annual payments to the city and the region, with a minimum of $18 million for the city each year.

Springfield voters have already approved an agreement with MGM. Palmer votes in November on a proposal by Mohegan Sun. The state gambling commission must approve all casinos, and will grant one license in western Massachusetts.

Under state law, each community where a gambling facility has been proposed must hold a referendum on the agreement between local officials and a casino operator.

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  • fun bobby

    West Springfield’s agreement with Hard Rock would have provided more than $26 million in annual payments to the city and the region, with a minimum of $18 million for the city each year.
    that may be true. why not summarize the costs to a community that a casino brings?
    when did democrats become so pro-casino anyways?

  • keltcrusader

    They wanted to build this on grounds used for the Eastern States Exposition, the largest agricultural event on the East Coast and the 6th Largest Fair in the Nation. A casino goes against everything this landmark stands for and would only bring more crime into an area that is already having a rough time of it. Good for the voters in West Spfld – they got this one right!

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