County officials discuss casino support

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FONDA – Some Montgomery County officials are enthusiastic about the possibility of bringing a casino to the town of Florida.

The idea was brought up at Tuesday’s meeting of the county legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee. Legislators discussed a possible resolution that would show local support for the idea.

“The town supervisor is in favor of it, and it will go to the town council,” Economic Development and Planning Director Ken Rose said.

Rose said other locations are being considered as well.

“There may be other municipalities,” he said. “This resolution is not specific to any location within the county.”

Rose said the proposed casino should be a regional project.

“Of the eight counties in our [economic development] region, our two counties with the highest unemployment rates in the region have supported it,” he said.

County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said local support for the casino is very important.

“I’m 100 percent in favor of it,” he said. “We need to show that we have the support in the county.”

“It will be great for Montgomery County,” District 7 Legislator Barbara Wheeler said.

“I interviewed a lot of people, and I’ve gotten 100 percent approval,” District 9 Legislator Alexander Kuchis said.

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John Becker

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