NEWwbztv-small wbz-am-small 985-small mytv38web2

Local

West Springfield Rejects Casino Proposal

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — 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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,978 other followers