Saturday, September 12, 2009

Voting in Jefferson County (WV)

Penn National, the parent company of Charles Town Races and Slots filed an application earlier this week to allow the residents of Jefferson County to vote in a referendum on Table Games. In a similar vote two years ago the residents voted down the measure quite handily.

Since that vote area legislators have been working hard to sweeten the deal for local residents. As a result, if the measure passes in Jefferson County, all the counties with race tracks in West Virginia would benefit. An extra one percent of the revenue would go to local and county governments and an extra one percent would go local horsemen (and horsewomen).

The Jefferson County Commission now has to decide if the date Penn National wants (December 5, 2009) will work for the county government. There already is scheduled a special election in Jefferson County regarding zoning and the Commission wants to make sure there are no problems with holding two elections so close together.

September 25, 2009 is the cut off day to decide whether the Table Gaming vote will go ahead on December 5th as requested.

Stay tuned for more information on the vote!

Enjoy the Pokery Goodness!

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