Mass. town votes on Foxwoods' casino proposal

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press
Associated Press

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) -- The polls have closed in Milford where residents were deciding whether to approve a $1 bill resort casino proposed by a group led by Foxwoods.

Passage of the referendum is a requirement before the group, Crossroads Massachusetts, can apply for the sole resort casino license in the state's eastern region.

A large voter turnout had been expected on Tuesday with strong opinions being expressed on both sides of the issue in the town of about 25,000 residents.

Opponents say a casino would reduce property values, snarl traffic and strain water supplies.

Backers point to a host community agreement that calls for Foxwoods to make $31 million in annual payments to the town if the casino is built.

The Milford vote was the last in a series of casino referendums held around Massachusetts this year.