SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The group called Citizens against Casino Gambling made their voices heard with a protest demonstration on the steps of Springfield city hall Sunday afternoon.
Its chairman Michael Kogut had with them, his newest ally, Springfield attorney Paul Peter Nicolai, who Kogut described as an authority of municipal property taxes.
Nicolai contends that under MGM's agreement with the city, MGM won't pay property taxes.
"Which means that the city gets to keep all the money in the contract without having to give the taxpayers a penny," Nicolai told 22News.
But the Sarno administration disputed what Nicholai had said about lack of taxpayer relief from the MGM agreement.
Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, in an e-mail to 22News, said "under the recently negotiated agreement, MGM will pay taxes to the city which will go directly into the city's general fund for use through the normal budget process.