Following a long public debate last Wednesday, the St. Tammany Parish Council in Louisiana voted 8-6 to place a referendum on the November 13 ballot, asking voters if they want a casino in their community. In the Slidell area, a $335 million property is being proposed for construction. In essence, parish voters will have to decide whether they want to reverse their 1996 decision to prohibit casino gambling.
According to the St. Tammany Economic Development Agency’s plan, the casino would pay 5% of its net gambling revenue to St. Tammany Parish.
Many people took the podium during the council meeting on Wednesday to speak out on the issue. Ronald Reeves, a Slidell resident who lives in Folsom, believes that a casino would be a good way to raise tax revenue for public projects. He stated that he noticed a lot of Louisiana license plates in the parking lots of Mississippi casinos. He requested the council to let the residents decide.