CASINO TOUR: Commission Visits Jefferson

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will soon vote on whether to build a casino in Greene County.

Five board members toured the future site and Jefferson’s downtown Thursday before they make their decision on June 12th.

As a result, the Racing and Gaming Commission hosted its last public meeting. Many are in support but others question if the state has too many casinos that could potentially divvy up revenue.

Wild Rose Entertainment President Tom Timmons said over crowding won’t be an issue because other cities are already in similar situations.

“We can run casinos that are that close. It’s no different than the two casinos in Dubuque. There’s two casinos that are in Davenport and Bettendorf.”

Last August, the county approved a referendum for the proposed $40–million casino was passed. If the casino is approved by the commission, it would bring 325 full times jobs to the area, making it the second largest employer in the county.

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