SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - At 7:00pm Friday, the Springfield City Council voted unanimously to approve MGM's host community agreement with the city.
City Council President James Ferrera voted in favor of the agreement.
Ferrera handed 22News a statement urging fellow city councilors to think hard before voting for the agreement, considering that it does not include a minimum investment number .
Many people spoke at the meeting, including Sid Froelich of Springfield's casino consulting firm, as well as City Solicitor Ed Pikula.
The consulting firm said that the residents of Springfield should feel confident that MGM's agreement with the city is strong and has safeguards in place to benefit Springfield.
Chairman of the Board of Assessors Richard Allen said that MGM's casino should bring 24 million dollars in tax revenue for Springfield over four years.
The agreement means that now Springfield can move forward with a city-wide referendum vote for residents.
Ultimately it will be up to the State Gaming Commission to decide which community will be awarded the regions one and only gaming license.