From comments reported in this publication, the idea of a casino seems to have taken root.
Like others, I have witnessed casino development and seen the benefits and problems of such a facility. The Oneida Indian Nation of New York received permission to build a casino. Over five to seven years, a magnificent facility was developed with two, five-star hotels, excellent dining facilities, professional entertainment and a professional golf course that attracted international events. Now add employment in a depressed area for around 3,000 people.
However, everything that glitters is not always gold. The down side includes an ongoing fight with the state of New York over sales tax payments and individuals who gamble away their income, resulting in broken homes or worse.
If a casino is approved and built in the area, issues such as tax payments should be resolved long before the first shovel is turned. Arrangements where individuals have their wages paid directly into their casino credit account should not be allowed. This does happen. Because of the success of its operation, the Oneida Nation purchased additional land and property outside of its reservation. This led to disputes over local county tax demands that the Oneida thought should not apply to them.
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The negative issues could have been avoided if there had been early agreement on what can and cannot be done. Other casinos can show the possible factors, good or bad, to be analyzed and applied to the Hardeeville proposal if the idea blossoms into reality.
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