The decision on whether or not there will be a casino in Kenosha just got a lot more expensive, jsonline.com is reporting.
Costs for the study that Gov. Scott Walker said he needs to give a “yay” or “nay” on the proposed development at the old Dairyland Greyhound park were estimated at around $500,000. On Thursday, though, news broke that the costs have risen dramatically to around $1.5 million.
Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch defended the expenditure, saying the study will give the governor a comprehensive view of the $800 million project to better make a decision.
“(The study) ensures we will be able to provide accurate, relevant information about the viability of this project to Governor Walker in a timely manner,” Huebsch is quoted as saying in a statement.
The Menominee tribe want to build a casino at the old Dairyland dog racing site, and it was approved last August by the Department of the Interior. Walker said he would only give his okay if the new casino had the support of the community, didn’t increase net gambling in the state and the remaining Wisconsin tribes also approved.
So far, information indicates two of those three benchmarks will be met. The Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi tribes are objecting.
Elected officials in both Racine and Kenosha counties fully support the new casino, primarily because of promised jobs for county residents. In the application paperwork, the Menominee say the new casino will create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs; 500 jobs at the casino have been promised to Racine County residents.
Walker had a year from the federal government’s decision to either okay or veto the casino, but he asked for a six-month extension, effectively pushing the deadline to after the November elections are already decided.