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Operators Face Monday Deadline For Terre Haute Casino

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Bennett says the casino location would be south of Wal-Mart on Highway 46 north of I-70. (Google Maps)

Casino operators have until Monday, Dec. 2 to submit their proposal to run a Terre Haute casino.

Vigo County voters passed a referendum to allow a casino by a 63 percent margin.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says Spectacle Entertainment is the only operator that has submitted a proposal and they’ve indicated the location will be next to the Wal-Mart on Highway 46, just north of Interstate 70.

“As part of their package, they have to say where they’re going to put it," Bennett says. "Do you have the land acquired or not? It’s all part of that process, but that’s strictly up to the operator on where they want to locate it. We don’t have any input in that.”

Bennett says there are opportunities for casinos in Illinois that may hurt interest in Terre Haute.

The political action committee that funded the campaign for the casino projects 150 to 200 new construction jobs by the casino in addition to 600 permanent jobs.

Bennett says 15 percent of the projected $2 million portion of the gaming tax revenue would go to Vigo County schools, 15 percent to West Central 2025, 40 percent to the city, and 30 percent to the county. West Central 2025 is a group of six counties in western Indiana that teamed up to advance regional issues.

Construction on the casino could start after the gaming commission grants the operator a license early next year.

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