Kenosha Indian casino approval in 11th hour
November 12, 2009
KENOSHA, WI - The Menominee Nation is hopeful the federal government can approve
their application for a $1 billion Kenosha casino before the end of December.
That is when an intergovernmental agreement signed 5 years ago by the tribe, the
city and the county will expire.
A spokesman for the casino project, Evan Zeppos, confirmed Monday the tribe has
discussion an extension with the city and the county governments.
Officials in both governments have changed since the agreement was made, and
approval of an extension may be difficult. Ten of the City Council's 17 seats
have new representatives and 12 of the County Board's 28 districts have elected
Zeppos said the tribe is willing to work with the city and county to keep the
dialog going. He said "We would like to see a short-term extension and certainly
would welcome the opportunity to have further dialogue with them about what they
see going beyond that short-term extension."
If the Menominee receive approval from the federal government, the agreement
would establish the services the local governments would provide to the
Dairyland Greyhound Park property. In turn, the Menominee would make payments to
the city and county based on the casino's revenues. The 2004 projection was $521
million to the governments over the first 22 years of the casino's operations.
The tribe would also pay $1.5 million annually to the Kenosha Unified School
District for the purpose of building new schools.
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