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Plainville votes yes on slot parlor

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Joseph Krapf

News@Abc6.com 

Voters in Plainville, Ma have very much chosen to approve a slots parlor in the only harness race track in Massachusetts, Plainridge Racecourse.  

Only 37 percent of the town's registered voters actually voted and 76 percent of that 37 percent vote for the slot parlor.

The current owners of the racetrack, Ourway Realty, were a part of the original plan with Plainville on moving forward with adding slots, but were quickly denied after failing a background check by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Penn National Gaming is said to be the developer and will pay the town $4 million in fees and taxes.

This could be the financial lift the 8.5 percent unemployment town has been looking for.  

With a slots parlor, 400 new job opportunities will be available. 

This is said to close the financial gap that has resided from the loss of the money bringing manufacturing firms.   

Chris Murphy of the group People for Plainville stated "This is not the end all and be all savior, but it's an extraordinary opportunity."  

There are also two other companies in the towns of Raynham and Leominster that are also looking to gain the state's sole slots parlor license.  

 

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