Senator Jon Ford’s proposed casino bill on Terre Haute got support from a large part of city officials.
Today many from Terre Haute traveled to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for a Senate Committee Meeting, offering testimony in support of this bill.
It was an overwhelming amount of support for Senator Ford’s bill. City revenue being the biggest component.
Mayor Duke Bennett, City Council, City Police and Chamber of Commerce all provided testimony today.
Senator Ford says the full house resort casino would take half of the unused game from the rising star casino in Rising Sun, offering 700 games in Terre Haute.
Full House Resort officials say they’d like to see construction for the proposed 2019 casino begin before Danville Illinois builds a casino, creating competition.
Senator Ford says to combat competition with casinos already established nearby this casino would provide unique perpetuity.
“French lick was going to be hit harder then any other casino because that casino down there supports the historic hotels. We wanted to make sure that we took care of them so we put three million a year in perpetuity into a stock preservation found for the hotel property so then also of the fiscal Madison and Shelby counties were gonna to be a little bit too so we put enough money into it to take care of them and the horse racing commission.”
This casino would generate $10 million annually. Two of the major complaints residents have had it with this proposed casino would be crime and addiction rates but Assistant Chief of Police Shawn Keen spoke out today saying he did his research and what he found provided information that casinos do not increase crime rates.