Amador Supervisors Consider Settlement for New Casino
February 27, 2008
JACKSON, CA - Amador County supervisors are considering a financial settlement
with the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians to allow the tribe to build a
casino in the small community of Ione, about 40 miles southeast of Sacramento.
After voters approved a 2005 ballot measure by 85% to ban new casinos, the
county supervisors filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Ione casino
project. Their case has languished for three years and its outcome is uncertain.
Now the supervisors are considering a settlement offered by the tribe to drop
the lawsuit. In exchange the county will immediately receive $18 million plus $8
million annually. The tribe will also reimburse the county for its $1.4 million
in legal expenses, pay $150,000 annually to gambling and substance abuse
programs, pay the city of Ione $1 million annually, pay the Amador County
Unified School District a lump sum of $93,000, and buy the county a new fire
The Amador County Board of Supervisors are sharply divided on this issue and
will meet next week to decide their action. If they approve the settlement, they
may face recalls by the voters. If they disapprove and continue their lawsuit,
the offer goes away and the outcome may not be favorable.
500 Nations is an independent directory and information service free of any gaming operator's control and not affiliated with any casino.
Warning: You must ensure you meet all age and other regulatory requirements before entering a casino or placing a wager.
There are hundreds of jurisdictions in the world with Internet access and hundreds of different games and gambling opportunities available on the Internet.
Do not assume that Internet gaming sites are in compliance with the rules and regulations of every jurisdiction from which they accept players.
YOU are responsible for determining if it is legal for YOU to play any particular game or place any particular wager under the laws of the jurisdiction where you are located.