(WWLP) - 11 companies have paid the Massachusetts Gaming Commission a $400,000 application fee. That's $4,400,000 million dollars. Viewers have been asking how that money will be spent. The 22News I-Team is getting you answers.
Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Stephen Crosby said that at least $50,000 of each $400,000 fee is designated to be used by host and surrounding communities to negotiate with the applicant for the community agreements. The rest of the money will be used for background investigations of the applicants.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll told 22News "the (application fees) will be spent on the background checks and they are all expected to cost that at a minimum."
In Western Massachusetts, Penn National in Springfield's North End, MGM in Springfield's South End, Mohegan Sun in Palmer and Hard Rock in West Springfield all paid their application fee.
Chicopee is asking for an extension. Western Mass Development is petitioning for an extension in Holyoke. Those decisions will ultimately be made by the gaming commission. The applicants are not tied down to a specific site at this point with the state.