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Auburn Council Votes for Seneca Casino

23 June 2006

AUBURN, New York – As reported by the Auburn Citizen: "One by one, speakers in the Auburn City Council's public comment period praised Mayor Tim Lattimore for his passionate pursuit of economic development.

"But the majority of the speakers - 12 of the 16 - said Thursday night they don't want economic development to take the form of a Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma casino and convention center. Lattimore invited Paul Spicer, the chief of the Miami, Okla. tribe, to present about situating a gambling and entertainment resort in the city.

"And yet, despite the public comments, the council voted 3-2 to pass a resolution that the city would be the 'host community' for the gambling pursuit depending upon a compact with the state, federal approvals and submission of studies satisfying questions of the socioeconomic, traffic and environmental impacts of the proposed facility.

"…The Seneca-Cayugas say they would pay $4 million to the city in the first five years of the complex's operation, pay $8 million for six to 15 years, and then begin paying property taxes on the company's assessed value. They also promise to pay state sales taxes, give 25 percent of the slot drop to the state and establish a $10 million venture capital fund to finance new business ventures in Cayuga County…"

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