SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A local group that opposes a Springfield casino sat down to share their concerns with Springfield City Council President Jimmy Fererra.
"Do you trust the promises?" That's the slogan of Citizens Against Casino Gaming .
They held the conversation Wednesday night in the backyard of a home on Birchland Avenue. A home that they say, will lose property value if a casino comes to Springfield.
Citizens Against Casino Gaming told 22News they've been going neighborhood by neighborhood and handing out flyers, trying to get people to vote against the MGM casino plan on July 16th.
Check out the video above to learn what was discussed in the meeting.
"What if the vote fails on Tuesday?" asked Michael Kogut, Chairman of Citizens Against Casino Gaming. "And if the vote passes and MGM is not selected 9 months from now, what's the plan?"
According to Ferrera said, "If it's not Springfield, we need to get back to business to economic development. We need to continue to reach out to companies, we need to be more aggressive with recruiting, we need to be more aggressive with promoting our city with our access to 91 and the MassPike."
22News asked members of the anti-casino group if anything can be said that would change their "NO" vote to a "YES."
"No, not at all," said Mark Mullan, the group's Treasurer. He says a Springfield casino would saturate the Northeast gaming market, and not be a destination casino.
"There's just not much business I think for them out there. I think what it will be is a convenience casino on steroids, with the people in Springfield going there to gamble," said Mullan.
Also in Springfield on Wednesday, the Black Leadership Alliance and Political Action Council of Greater Springfield held a meeting to announce their endorsement of MGM.
Residents will head to the polls in just six days to say either "YES" or "NO" to MGM's casino plans.