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Wynn Asks Foxborough to Vote to Negotiate Host Community Agreement

In a full page ad in the Foxboro Reporter, casino developer Steve Wynn asks residents to negotiate a Host Community Agreement.

Steve Wynn says he wants the Foxborough selectmen to negotiate a Host Community Agreement and then let the voters decide what avenue to take, according a full-page ad in this week's on page five.

Wynn tells the town's residents, "you have the right to choose" in the ad.

He also says he wants to answer questions that, according to Wynn, are frequently asked about the proposed resort-casino.

The No to Foxboro Casino group has sent the state a letter asking not to be considered a host community and asking them to look elsewhere for the site.

In the his ad, Wynn makes the following points:

1. Voters must be given specific details regarding traffic, police, fire and public unity improvements and a community impact fee.

2. Wynn says the community impact fee would cover any increased costs to the town, beyond the new tax revenues, which they say will be $10-15 million dollars a year.

3. All costs associated with the studies and the negotiations will be paid for by Wynn. The community impact fee and improvements will be described in a Host Community Agreement.

4. The cost of any voting will be paid for by Wynn Resorts and that the citizens have the finding, binding decision on whether the development moves forward.

In December, the selectmen voted 3-2 to send the state a letter that they didn't want to be consider as a host community. At selectmen's March 6 meeting, they voted to consider another forum to hear both sides of the issue, but no date has been set.

On March 11, the No Foxboro Casino sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick and Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the State Gaming Commission, asking that Foxborough not be considered as a site for a casino. March 11 was the 100th day of the group's opposition to building a casino in Foxborough.

In the letter to the state, the No Foxboro Casino, writes, "Mr. Wynn does not have license-either from your commission or from a moral standpoint-to wage a scorched-earth campaign of propaganda and dire predictions in order to achieve his own personal and business goals."

The entire letter is available on nofoxborocasino.com. 

More information on the casino is available at www.wynnfoxborough.com, jobsforfoxboro.com, and nofoxborocasino.com.

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