More townships in Pennsylvania say if they are in or out when it comes to satellite casinos.
For several weeks now, townships in the state of Pennsylvania have been deciding if they want to be involved in hosting a satellite casino or if they are not interested in gaming coming to their area. The state can open as many as ten mini-casinos and for now, it seems most municipalities are not interested in being a host area.
So far, more than 400 areas in the state have decided against being home to a satellite casino. In Bucks county, at least 30 towns have said no way to the idea. Municipalities have had to create resolutions and approve them one way or the other involving the satellite casinos. For many townships in Bucks County, there was discussions on how tax revenues would increase with the mini-casinos but it seems fear of increased crime and congested traffic outweighed the benefits to the economy. In New Britain Borough and Doylestown Borough, both decided against offering the casinos a home based on these factors.
When the gaming package passed into law in the state, it opened up Pennsylvania to several areas of gaming expansion. The satellite casinos are just one way in which gaming will be enhanced. The casinos will be smaller than the gaming venues already operating in the state and will have to be constructed at least 25 miles from existing casinos. This will mean the smaller communities could take advantage of the gaming option, but most seem unwilling to do so.
While it seems most towns are out of playing host and passing resolutions to become involved, there are some areas that are excited about the prospect of having a casino in their area. The Springdale Township in the Alle-Kiski Valley have agreed that they are ready to be home to a casino. The township is always looking for new revenues sources as they are basically home to retirees who do not pay wage taxes.
In this area, the Rivers Casino would be the only option for the Springdale Township. The town is located inside the 25 mile bubble of the Rivers venue. No other gaming provider would be able to create a mini casino in their region.
Officials of Springdale do feel that that Rivers are most likely not interested in taking gambling money from their main casino with another smaller version just 15 miles away. However, the township is home to the Pittsburgh Mills Mall, the Allegheny Valley Expressway and has unused land that could be perfect for a new gaming venue.
The Rivers Casino has yet to announce if they plan on expanding with a satellite casino and if they would be interested in working in Springdale to create a smaller gaming venue. Last week, a meeting was held with the public of Springdale where the option to host a casino was discussed. There were no objections during the meeting and everyone seemed to be in agreement that it was a good idea to play host.
Now, only time will tell if the satellite casinos will be created and which townships will be hosting. In January, the gaming control board will begin holding auctions where gaming operators can bid for licensing to build the mini-casinos. So far, no operators have publicly made known that they will be vying for the licensing.