SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield City Councilors Monday night approved a July 16th city-wide casino referendum.
On that date, voters will choose whether they want to move forward with an MGM Casino in the city's South End.
Springfield City Council President James Ferrera told 22News the total cost of the referendum is $220,000, and MGM will reimburse the city for that entire cost.
There is a small catch in the referendum plan. Springfield fast-tracked the process of entering a host agreement and setting a referendum date before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission completed their process of evaluating the different casino companies.
Springfield is legally allowed to hold the referendum, but voters need to be told their choice may be void if the gaming commission decided MGM isn't, in their opinion, a viable company.
Ferrera said part of the $220,000 cost is an education component to make sure voters understand that message.