Taunton Voters Expected To Show Support For Resort-Style Casino

June 9, 2012 12:00 AM
Taunton Voters Expected To Show Support For Resort-Style Casino

" TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe was hoping for a vote of confidence from city residents as it pushed forward with plans to develop a $500 million resort casino.

If approved, Saturday’s referendum in Taunton — while nonbinding — would mark the first time local residents have expressed support for a casino project at the ballot box since Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state’s new gambling law last year.

Proponents of the casino say it would provide a shot in the arm to a once-prosperous, blue-collar mill city that has struggled to replace manufacturing jobs lost in recent decades.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

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But opponents worry the project would bring traffic headaches and increased crime, and contend that backers have overstated the economic benefits of casino gambling.

“Every concern that was out there we have answers and solutions and we are moving forward very successfully,” said Tribal Council chairman Cedric Cromwell, who described himself as excited and confident about the vote "

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