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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Taunton Reach Deal On Proposed Casino

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Cedric Cromwell, the tribal chair, announced the tribe's plans to build a casino in Taunton back in February.

Cedric Cromwell, the tribal chair, announced the tribe’s plans to build a casino in Taunton back in February.

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TAUNTON (AP) — The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has agreed to make about $33 million in upfront payments to the city of Taunton as part of a casino deal with the mayor of the southeastern Massachusetts community.

The agreement announced Thursday by tribal chairman Cedric Cromwell and Mayor Thomas Hoye also calls for minimum annual payments of $13 million to the city.

The tribe has proposed a $500 million casino on 146 acres of land at the junction of Routes 24 and 140 in Taunton.

The state’s new gambling law requires casino developers to negotiate a host community agreement.

The deal must still be approved by Taunton city councilors and by city voters.

Under the law, the tribe also faces a July 31 deadline to reach a casino compact with Gov. Deval Patrick.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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