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 Posted: Thu Nov 16th, 2006 10:35 pm
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Sarah Elizabeth
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Greetings from PA!

I haven't heard anything lately about the vote/opinion of those in Gettysburg.  I do know that the first casino in my state opened this week.  It's located just outside of Wilkes-Barre, PA...strictly slots and owned by the Mohegan tribe of Connecticut.  The slot machine casino is located at the "Mohegan Sun"at Pocono Downs Racetrack.  So far, I'm hearing mixed reviews.

Under "Act 71"  there are to be 14 slots casinos in PA.  I believe the one being considered for Gettysburg is one of five "stand-alone" sites (not at a racetrack or resort).

The slot machines will be connected to  PA's central computer system in Harrisburg so that the state gets it's accurate share of tax revenue.  PA gets 34 percent of the net revenue. A 4 percent share has been allocated to the county and municipality where the casino is located.  I understand there is also a 5 percent tax for special economic development funds.  I don't know if that will sway the local vote in Gettysburg or not.  It's my understanding that the final vote will come down on December 20th.

Our local State Representative is fighting very hard to stop the casino in Gettysburg.  He is very interested in the history and heritage of PA and has a great track record in Harrisburg when it comes to historic preservation.  I visit his website frequently and will post any news if I hear of it.

One bit of news about Gettysburg is that Morgan Stanley is reported to have withdrawn as the largest financial backer for the Crossroads Gaming Resort.  Perhaps that will affect the outcome of the final vote...we can hope so, anyway.

If you check online, there are several sites working on petitions to stop the Gettysburg casino.  Individuals may add their "electronic signature" to some of them.

Regards,

Sarah Elizabeth

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