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ED Gambling Ek

ED Gambling Ek

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Published by: Dave Vachon on Jun 15, 2012
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top storyCouncil will debate issue Monday says mayor Gambling debate begins in QWErnst KuglinQMI AgencyQuinte West's top politician wasn't joking when he said the city was interested ina gambling facility. A recommendation to support the proposal is going to city council Monday.“Personally I don't have a problem with it, but it will be there for council todiscuss the idea,” said mayor John Williams.City council is also expected ask the Ontario Gaming and Lottery Commission toexpand the local gaming zone to include all of Quinte West.Right now only a small portion of the city — a chunk of land between Bellevilleand Wallbridge Loyalist Road north of Hwy. 401 — is included in what's knownas the E2 zone.CAO Gary Dyke says the city has until July 4 to submit the expansion request tothe OLG.Monday's recommendation also proposes holding a public meeting inconjunction with the July 16 council meeting in order to get a sampling of publicopinion.“Were going to need reaction from the public. If it's favourable, then we'll sendthe OLG a resolution of support,” said Williams.Dyke added a letter supporting a gaming facility has to be submitted to the OLGprior to the release of request for proposals this fall.Quinte West's submission to the OLG won't stop there. If council sends the letter of support, city staff will go one step further and identify potential sites for agambling facility.“This will inform potential operators/investors of development opportunities,”said Dyke.City staff spoke with their counterparts in Gananoque about the impacts of agambling facility on that municipality.Dyke says the casino there has been beneficial to the municipality.“It's increased the number of businesses, provided employment opportunitiesand increased tourism-related businesses,” he said.Dyke added there's been no increase in crime, or an increased demand onsocial services in Gananoque related to the operation of the gambling facility.Municipalities stand to earn some serious revenue from gambling facilities.Host municipalities currently receive five per cent of the gross revenues for 

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