Taunton — A special meeting was held on Thursday at Taunton High School to have elaborate discussions about the agreement between the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
Taunton. City councilors expressed that they would consider the matter in depth before casting their vote. A.J. Marshall commented that a thorough research on the issue is necessary. Some councilors emphasized on the need of voting as the agreement could not be effective without ratification by the councilors. June 9 would be a great day for the voters when a citywide referendum takes place.
IGA, i.e. the intergovernmental agreement wants the tribe to facilitate Taunton $33 million towards mitigation & infrastructure and annual payments too. Many persons are of the view that the casino would generate more employment that would be beneficial for the poor economy of the state. However, some persons opposed the move. They expressed concern in terms of heavy traffic, adverse effects upon residential property values, low safety and untoward effect upon East Taunton Elementary School, near to the casino. Donna Faulkner did not favor the casino near the school. During the four-hour meeting, more than 30 speakers expressed their views. Some hot discussions also took place between Tony LaCourse, the Chairman of anti-casino group Preserve Taunton’s Future and the City Councilor, Mr. Donald Cleary.
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