Decision On Tribal Casino To Establish Reservation In Taunton To Come Soon
The Massachusetts casino market could have a new top candidate.
According to The Herald News, a letter was sent to Taunton City Council President Estele Borges from The Bureau of Indian Affairs on August 21. The letter stated that a decision will be made within 30 days on the Mashpee Wampanoag’s tribe application to have land taken into trust to establish a reservation in Taunton, where tribal leaders hope to build a casino.
Massachusetts gambling regulators initially held off on accepting applications for a commercial casino in Region C, because they were concerned about oversaturating the market. However, the Gaming Commission eventually decided to accept applications.
The Gaming Commission will conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the commercial application in Region C. Before making a final decision on licensing, the Commission will take into consideration all the factors affecting Region C.
Commissioners will evaluate market conditions, including the possibility the likelihood of a tribal casino in Taunton.
The only other remaining commercial casino in Region C is in Brockton.
With additional reporting by Sal Lopez