A Strong Partnership
The City of Taunton and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are working cooperatively to create a first-class destination resort casino that will be a source of pride, accomplishment, and revenue. The Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the Tribe and the City of Taunton was executed on July 10, 2012.
Our shared priorities…
- Unprecedented job creation and economic development
- Revenue of constituent services
- Commitment to the highest level of public safety
- Commitment to education, and the wherewithal to make a difference
The public input…
- Referendum overwhelmingly approved by 63% of voters in June of 2012.
- Open House for Taunton residents held on May 5, 2012.
- Public Hearings for the NEPA and MEPA processes held in June and July of 2012.
- Compact signed between the Tribe and Governor Deval Patrick and delivered to Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
- Compact went on to be passed by the state legislature and then moved to the U.S. Department of the Interior where it was deemed approved.
- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced the publication of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) in June 2013.
- Massachussetts Senate approves, signs, and releases the revised Tribe/State Compact in November 2013.
- The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was submitted to the Massachussets Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), starting a 30-day public comment period in December 2014.