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2 Communities Stay Neutral on Chippewa Casino

21 August 2000

ST. CROIX, WISCONSIN – Aug. 21, 2000 –As reported by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "While 19 St. Croix County municipalities have agreed to accept payments from three Wisconsin Chippewa tribes seeking to build a casino in Hudson, at least two communities have decided to remain neutral in the issue, an official said Monday.

"One of those communities, North Hudson, voted earlier this month not to take a position on efforts by Chippewa Meadows Gaming & Racing to open a casino at the financially struggling dog track in Hudson.

"…Like other villages in the county, North Hudson was offered payments equal to half of its 1998 property tax levies in return for passing a resolution supporting the effort by the Lac Courte Oreilles, Red Cliff and Mole Lake bands of the Chippewa to open a casino. Towns would receive an amount equal to 100% of their 1998 property tax levies.

"But North Hudson decided not to take the money and instead voted not to take a position on the casino proposal, said Village Board member George Boldizsar.

"…River Falls officials voted not to accept an offer of $11.75 million from the tribes.

"Chippewa Meadows spokesman Mark Goff said Monday that 19 municipalities have accepted the group's offer of annual payments to help cover police, fire, water, sewer and other services associated with opening a casino…"

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