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Jobs for Foxboro Announces Steering Committee

Committee Town residents call upon Foxboro officials to let all voices be heard by negotiating with Wynn Resorts on benefits and impacts of proposed destination resort casino.

 

(A Press Release From Jobs for Foxboro)

Dozens of Foxboro residents have volunteered to serve as the Jobs For Foxboro Steering Committee. The steering committee represents hundreds of Foxboro residents who support the proposed Wynn Foxborough resort destination casino and demand that every Foxboro resident have their say on the proposal at a binding, town-wide referendum.

The Steering Committee includes:

  • Paul Bartorelli, contractor
  • Stan Bykowski, retired public employee
  • Millie Cetrone, realtor
  • Jen DeAngelis, professional and mother of two
  • Robert and Becky Flaherty, business owners
  • Dan and Nancy Flynn, union carpenter and spouse
  • Robert Gaulin, retired Foxboro Fire Chief
  • Joanne Hensas, business owner
  • Aulus Maloof, contractor
  • Bea Maloof, U.S. service veteran
  • Roz and Charles Liftman, senior citizens
  • Glenn Motts, retired U.S. Army
  • Margie Oakes, senior citizen
  • Effie Orfanides, freelance writer
  • Steve Sloan, community activist and former candidate for Selectman

Jobs for Foxboro residents urges the Foxborough Board of Selectmen to let all voices be heard by entering into negotiations with Wynn Resorts.

Once the selectmen agree to negotiate exactly what Foxborough wants in return for welcoming Wynn Resorts to the community, the entire community can consider the proposed benefits – at no cost to taxpayers – because costs related to negotiations, including legal fees and consultants, must be covered by Wynn Resorts.

The potential benefits of a Wynn Foxborough resort include $10 to $15 million in new annual tax revenue, up to 4,000 new permanent jobs, additional mitigation fees that would provide millions in funding for all identified public safety (police/fire) requirements, all required utility upgrades (water/sewer, electricity), and necessary traffic improvements on Route 1.

In light of the Town of Foxboro’s financial standing, Jobs for Foxboro has called for a townwide referendum on the proposed Wynn Resorts.

Foxboro’s presently faces more than $100 million in long-term debt and has endurfed “level funding” (flat budgets combined with service reductions.)  At the same time, residential property taxes have been increased to the maximum allowable level for 14 consecutive years and will increase again in the coming fiscal year.

Over the past two years, the town also has increased commercial taxes (hotel tax and meals taxes) to compensate for lower levels of state and federal aid. On an inflation adjusted basis, the town has endured a net loss of over $15 million in state revenue since 2001, making it increasingly difficult for the town to sustain and fund services.

Wynn Resorts has asked Foxboro officials to consider its proposal, which has the potential to provide a sustainable, secure financial future for the Town of Foxboro and would deliver amenities such as a luxury hotel and a convention center.

About Jobs for Foxboro

Jobs for Foxboro supports the Wynn Foxborough resort destination casino and urges that every Foxboro resident be allowed the right to vote on the proposal. Our organization is comprised of Foxboro residents and is committed to engaging the town about the potential benefits and issues associated with a mixed-use destination convention hotel and casino.  As a best-in-class operator of resort destinations, Wynn Resorts is capable of delivering thousands of sustainable jobs to the region and creating a lasting revenue stream for the town that provides a secure financial future for Foxboro.  By engaging in positive dialogue about the potential benefits and issues associated with the proposed development and gathering credible, verifiable third-party research regarding the impacts of destination resort casinos (such as the United States National Gambling Impact Study conducted by a panel of leading academics and experts under the direction on the President, the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader), town residents will be best able to make an informed decision at a town-wide referendum.

 

Ralph Petrillo March 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM
The best way to insure that you will have revenue in your local areas is to ask for $ 5 dollar entrance fee. For that resort will get at least 100,000 customers a week. $ 500,000 a week in revenue for the surrounding area. In two years, the customer count will double, and the area can make $ 1,000,000 a week with that charge. That is what Atlantic City did wrong. They should of charged an entrance fee from the beginning and fixed up Atlantic City with middle income and low income housing each and every year. Simple $ 5 dollar entrance fee should be introduced immediately.
Foxboro Born March 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
“Once the selectmen agree to negotiate exactly what Foxborough wants in return for welcoming Wynn Resorts to the community”. We have to pay all the costs until we agree to “Welcome Wynn” to the community. This will cost us thousands in the meantime. And what if it gets voted down? We will have spent thousands, will probably have to pay more in tax to cover this cost, so that a few people who want a vote will get a vote? I’m not paying more property tax because a dozen people want to waste my money.
Foxboro Born March 26, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Jobs For Foxboro is also "comprised" of PR firm Mills & Company who started Jobs For Foxboro and runs Jobs For Foxboro for Wynn Resorts.
Traci Longa March 26, 2012 at 01:24 PM
It will most likely cost tens of thousands... but by law, the developer has to pay all of those costs if we enter into negotiations. Even if we vote it down in the end, they STILL have to pay. There is nothing to lose so, let's see what we could possibly gain. I know one gain would be for this town to heal because unless this is brought to a town-wide vote, that will not be possible for many residents.
Foxboro Born March 26, 2012 at 01:44 PM
If you win, Traci, by forcing a casino on thousands of people who desperately do not want a casino in their town, this town will never heal.
Rich O March 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
The law states: "not less than $50,000 of the application fee shall be used to reimburse the host and surrounding municipalities for the cost of determining the impact of a proposed gaming establishment and for negotiating community mitigation impact agreements." So the law most certainly DOES NOT state that the developer has to pay "all of those costs." There's a $50,000 pool to be used for all impacted communities. That's thoroughly insufficient, so there's plenty to lose.
Jack Martin March 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Allowing a casino is a two step process: 1. The Voters first have to decide whether a casino is compatible with the Town's culture. 2. If they answer "Yes", the question becomes: Is the current (Wynn) proposal good for the Town? Obviously, there is no Step 2 if the answer to Step 1 was "No". REALITY: This is the THIRD time that a powerful group has sought to build a casino in Foxborough. After the second proposal, the Voters changed Foxborough's Zoning By-Laws to eliminate gambling as an allowed use. They ALSO SPONSORED A TOWN-WIDE REFERENDUM on this issue: Gambling was OVERWHELMINGLY rejected. Let's not spin our wheels on this issue again. The Voters have already spoken. They said: "We have better things to spend our time on."
Janet Sroczynski March 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
1) http://www.gop.gov/blog/10/04/08/obamacare-flatlines-obamacare-taxes-home. Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8% sales tax on it? That's $3,800.00 on a $100,000.00 home, etc. When did this happen, it's in the health care bill, --and it goes into effect in 2013. If you sell a $400,000.00 home, there will be a $15,200.00 tax. "Home Sales Tax" - you betcha. It starts 01/01/2013 and The National Association of Realtors is all over this and working to get it repealed. I see a lot of pro-casino "steering members" on the committee listed in the above article as "retired" and/or "senior citizens."
Millie Cetrone March 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Janet The truth is that only a tiny percentage of home sellers will pay the tax. First of all, only those with incomes over $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) will be subject to it. And even for those who have such high incomes, the tax still won’t apply to the first $250,000 on profits from the sale of a personal residence — or to the first $500,000 in the case of a married couple selling their home.
Chris A March 26, 2012 at 03:48 PM
That had nothing to do with the current context and before CASINO gambling was legal.
Janet Sroczynski March 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
@Millie Cetrone - the taxes are all adding up. Unless of course, you are the type that enjoys paying taxes. 1) http://www.gop.gov/blog/10/07/01/obamacare-flatlines-1st-obamacare-tax. An article from 07/01/2010..."Obamacare's 1st Tax Increase - a 10% tax, starts. This $2.7 Billion Tax is the first of Obamacare's $569 Billion Tax Increase. Let's see where the pro-casino crowd is going to come up with "all of their disposable income, when you are done paying all your new taxes."
Steve March 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
gee...if we only knew of some sort of tax generating business that could help with the taxes being heaped on the masses.........
Millie Cetrone March 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Janet, Of course nobody likes taxes including you from what I am reading correct? Then why wouldn't you want a Casino to come to Foxboro? Isn't that the revenue we need then? So be happy for once that of all the Towns in the State Foxboro has a shot at revenue to help all of us out .
Dave March 26, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Yeah save $200 a year on taxes and you're home value drops tens of thousands. Smart thinking....
Rich O March 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
MIllie: How much did your taxes go down after the stadium was built? How about Patriot Place? Let me answer that for you - ZERO. Everyone's taxes continued to up despite promises. No one knows what kind of demands a casino will place upon the town and what they will cost. If you add up all of the enticements Wynn is making they add up to far more than $10-15 M in projected revenue. You can believe whoever and whatever you want, but these promises (bribes?) deserve a healthy dose of skeptisism.
Long Time Resident of F'boro March 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Traci, I think if you are going to post what you think are facts, then you should study the law and make sure you have them right. You seem to be a 'super-advocate' of the casino and spend a lot of your day doing so. Are you being compensated for your advocacy by an organization or have you been promised compensation for doing so?
Traci Longa March 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Within Section 15, item 11 - it states that a nonrefundable application fee of $400,000 is to be paid for processing the application and investigating the applicant. Of which "not LESS than $50k" shall be used to reimburse the host and surrounding municipalities for their costs. It also states that if the costs exceed the initial fee, the applicant shall pay the additional amount within 30 days. Also, Section 15, item 8 - states that the host agreement shall include a community impact fee for the host community and all stipulations of responsibilities between said host and applicant. So, yes, ALL of our costs can and will be covered. It would be negotiated and included in the Host Agreement. When we open negotiations, we could even request that the developer pay those costs upfront. The Bill is written to protect the host community and states the minimum requirements but, we have the ability to negotiate over and above the requirements if so desired. We have nothing to lose to see what we could potentially gain.
Traci Longa March 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Rich O, I addressed your post regarding costs to the host community above. As for Taxes, our taxes may not have gone down but, the revenue generated by Gillette and Patriot Place has allowed Foxboro to be one of the more financially stable towns in the area. Like everyone else, we have been effected by the poor economy but, we have not faced lay-offs like surrounding towns, only hiring freezes. Unlike some surrounding towns, we do not pay fees for things like riding the school bus. Even with the $ from this development we are not guaranteed that our property taxes will go down, that is not for the developer to determine but, for the town to determine what the money is used for. And, I agree, that promises made deserve a healthy dose of skeptisism... that is why you hire experts to evaluate and negotiate the agreement. The Bill requires the host agreement to be extremely detailed and does not allow for unknowns that they can back out of. Once finalized, the developer has to stand by that detailed agreement or there are major consequences for them.
Warrior March 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Traci, the Town has already had to pay for legal counsel in December on the casino issue. Wynn didn’t pay for that. We do not need to waste more Tax Payer’s money on this issue.
Warrior March 27, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Be a little realistic, Traci. Casinos bring in huge money and corruption wherever they go. It will be no different in Foxboro. If this casino brings in way more traffic than predicted and much fewer jobs than predicted, what will happen to Kraft and Wynn? Nothing. If the tax revenue is no where near what they claim it will be, tough luck. They can say whatever they like because they know there will be no repercussions later on. And if the town votes against the casino after spending hundreds of thousands on all these experts, do you really think Wynn will be in a big hurry to pay all these expenses? Who will take him to court when he doesn’t? Could the town even afford to do that?
Rich O March 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Traci: You're talking out of both sides of your mouth. Your group, Jobs for Foxboro, repeatedly states that Foxboro is in dire financial straits. yet you write "allowed Foxboro to one of the more financially stable towns in the area." Which is it? Section 15, item 11 states that the applicant shall pay to the STATE any overages to cover the cost of the investigation by the STATE. There's no language there indicating further payment to the host community. Secondly, you can't parse the language of the bill (section 15, item 8) to include costs associated with negotiation. Based on the law, the negotiation would have to begin and THEN you could bargain for stipulations. There's absolutely no guarantee that costs of negotiations would be covered. Unless you too can see in to the future (a skill many casino advocates seem to have), you can't state that "ALL of our costs can and will be covered" unless you can somehow divine the end results of that negotiation.
Craig March 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
At the end of the day folks it’s all about Jobs...whether it’s the local restaurant that has to hire and extra cook or waiter...or the gas station that has to hire extra night staff...plus all the Jobs that the resort will have...Rich O and Warrior I’m sure you know someone who has lost their job and is having trouble making ends meet..I’m not saying this Wynn proposal is the answer but I think we are IDIOTS if we don’t look into it!!! JOBS FOR FOXBORO
Rich O March 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Craig: Since when is it a birthright to have a job i the town or city in which you live or were born? I guess it's news to you that the vast majority of working Foxboro residents commute to their jobs. 3 casinos are going to be built and the jobs will be there. If you want to work in a casino you can commute like the rest of us. If I were out of work I would go where the jobs are. Sitting around and waiting for a job to come to you is a poor excuse for looking for work. Also, you should add a disclaimer to your post: PAID FOR BY STEVE WYNN.
Steve Wynn III March 27, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Rich O move to mansfield #clown PAID FOR BY STEVE WYNN
Rich O March 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Wow "Steve", you went through a lot of trouble to call me a name. I'm flattered.
Steve C March 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Rich O - Can you honestly say that Foxboro's taxes have not been kept lower than our neighboring towns partly because of Patriots place and the commerce that it brings to the community? I agree with your job comment. Go find a job if you don't have one. It is not a birthright to work. If there isn't a job here for you go find one elsewhere. Mansfield 14.29% Walpole 14.14% Sharon 20.11% Foxboro 13.73% I, for one, do not believe that the majority of hires for the Resort are going to come from this community. Does anyone living in Foxboro have Casino experience? Most of the residents here, and certainly the unemployed ones, are not qualified to work most of the jobs that will be offered. I am not sure if this is good or bad for the town. Will it create jobs? Sure it will. Will those jobs go to the local community? Probably not. Will the new employment level bring added revenue to the non-resort business? Yes. Lets at least here them out.
Steve C March 29, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Walpole has a prison and state funding. Mansfield has a large industrial park and a concert hall. Foxboro has Patriots place and other Rt 1 businesses. Sharon has very little to ease the property tax burden and look where it has their rate.
BaaaByeee_Larry March 29, 2012 at 06:56 PM
And Sharon was able to keep the scum out of their community! why invite it to our beloved town?

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