SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - There are only hours left for voters to decide in Springfield on the casino issue. Monday night, Springfield residents were given one more chance to learn about casinos before the vote.
Tony Taylor from A. Philip Randolph Institute organized a public forum for Monday night. He told 22News, "We have to make sure there is sustainability. We have to make sure it's going to bring jobs. There's no going backward."
Monday was one last chance to discuss the pros and cons of having a resort casino in downtown Springfield.
David Gaby of Springfield, who supports a casino, said, "Have to have a revitalized downtown."
Mark Mullen from Citizens Against Casino Gaming said, "Urban casinos do not work."
Springfield voters will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on the casino referendum.
The ballot question will read something like this: "Should the City of Springfield permit a casino gaming establishment in the city's South End?" It's a "Yes" or "No" question.
MGM needs a "Yes" vote, otherwise, they will have to withdraw their current application.
Some voters told 22News they will vote "Yes" because the downtown area needs a facelift.
Gaby said, "We are the city that has almost nothing going on, and that's not just 'Oh gee, that makes Main Street boring.' That is an economic loss to our region, and it makes our region uncompetitive."
However, Citizens Against Casino Gaming is confident enough people will vote "No."
Mullen said, "We are moving forward. We are getting a lot more support. I believe we are getting our message out there better, so we are optimistic that we are going to do well."
Polls open at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. Once the polls close at 8:00 p.m., 22News will bring you up-to-the-minute results of this special referendum.