Pennsylvania municipalities against casinos

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Pennsylvania passed the US$300 million mark. Credits: Wikimedia Commons.

More than two-hundred municipalities in the Keystone State has rejected mini-casinos.

US.- As Pennsylvania approved the state’s gambling expansion that allows the installment of satellite (or mini) casinos, municipalities are now deciding if they’re in favor of them or not. Whilst they have time until December 31 to decide, more than 200 municipalities have already expressed its opposition to mini casinos.

Ten category 4 satellite casinos are allowed to be built under the gambling expansion Law and would be able to install up to 750 slot machines, 40 table games and must be at least 25 miles away from existing casinos. Nonetheless, it is still yet to be seen if there actually are 10 towns willing to develop gaming venues as many have already said no.

Adams County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Franklin County, Juniata County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Perry County and York County are among the ones who are against the mini-casinos.

On the other hand, the Mayor of Reading City Wally Scott and the local Council are pushing for a casino proposal to allow the installation of a gaming venue. “We are in full support of this,” commented the administration during a reunion with the Council. “With gambling facilities, there are always negatives, but the positives far outweigh them,” Councilman John Slifko said. “This is an opportunity to help with the revitalization of downtown. Gambling is going to go somewhere; we might as well have it here and reap some of the good aspects.” Meanwhile, Councilman Jeffrey S. Waltman Sr. said: “We are in full support of this, our message is, ‘Take a very close look at us, because we’re here to support the effort.’”