SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Before there can be a casino in Western Massachusetts, the town or city must approve one.
There are two options:
- A city wide referendum where everyone in the city has a vote.
- Or a ward-only referendum. That means only people in the ward where the casino could eventually be built will have a say.
If nothing is done the city will have a ward only vote.
The city council has the power to make it a city-wide referendum.
Springfield Communications Director, Tom Walsh, told 22News Mayor Domenic Sarno supports a city wide vote. That was also the consensus from the people we talked to.
William Alston of Springfield said, "I think it should be the whole city to have a say, it's more fair that way."
Christie Langlois also agreed, "I would think the entire city, it's a casino its going to affect everybody."
The earliest that vote could take place is the spring of 2013.