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Massachusetts Town Voting On Foxwoods’ Casino Proposal

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Residents of Milford, Mass. are voting on a referendum to allow Foxwoods owners to go ahead with plans to build a casino off I-495. (Getty Images)

Residents of Milford, Mass. are voting on a referendum to allow Foxwoods owners to go ahead with plans to build a casino off I-495. (Getty Images)

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MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — Milford residents are deciding whether to put out the welcome mat for a proposed $1 billion resort casino that would be built off Interstate 495.

Town officials are predicting a large turnout for Tuesday’s vote on the plan offered by Crossroads Massachusetts, a group led by Connecticut casino operator Foxwoods.

Opponents say the casino would reduce property values, snarl traffic and strain water supplies.

But backers point to a host community agreement that calls for Foxwoods to make $31 million in annual payments to the town if the casino is built.

The company, which hopes to compete for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license, announced a deal last week for additional financing, a requirement that had been set by the state’s gambling commission as part of a conditional suitability finding.

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