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June 25, 2013

Selectmen delay vote on slots-only casino

Board to meet Monday in workshop before moving on to a decision

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For example, the one such agreement that’s been signed is with the community of Raynham and Raynham Park, the site of a former greyhound dog racing track. In the hosting agreement, Raynham would receive $1 million a year for the first three years with a 2.5 percent increase in subsequent years, as well as receive other payments for infrastructure; local vendors would be hired and Raynham residents would be given preference in hiring.

Should Salisbury selectmen decide to negotiate and sign such an agreement with Cordish, it should be completed by July 25, Snyder said, so the next phase of the state-required approval process — a voter referendum — can take place by Oct. 1. The host agreement must be completed and advertised no later than 60 days prior to the referendum, which means selectmen must call the referendum no later than Aug. 1.

If voters approve the referendum, it would be filed with the state gaming commission on Oct. 4, along with all other proposals, for the commission to decide which proposal wins.

With so many issues to work out, selectmen felt they could not vote yes or no on entering into negotiations with Cordish last night, and decided to meet in a workshop first, to get more answers to their questions, before making the decision to move toward bringing legalized gambling to town.

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