David French in a Letter to the Editor in the Mississippi Press said, “It would only make good economical sense that we should reap the same tax benefits that Harrison and Hancock counties do. If people want to gamble, they're going to gamble, so why shouldn't they be able to do it closer to home”
Apparently Mr. French doesn’t pay attention. We would not reap the same tax benefits that Harrison and Hancock counties do as the Choctaw Indians WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY TAXES. The Choctaw casino will also be unregulated, unlike the casinos in Harrison and Hancock counties, which are regulated. Any person injured or harmed while on a reservation cannot call or rely upon local law enforcement. No local, State or Federal Law Enforcement is allowed on tribal land. Also the Choctaws will not have to obey our zoning laws, so they will be able to build whatever monstrosity they please, no matter how much of an eyesore it is to the surrounding communities.
Chief Denson has also publicly stated that he thinks more Choctaws should hold the high paying jobs in a Choctaw casino. Therefore many non-Indian Jackson County residents may be out of work if they lose their jobs in Harrison and Hancock counties due to an unregulated, untaxed, Choctaw Casino in Jackson County.
Jackson County residents are already complaining about the lack of affordable housing, the Choctaw Casino will further exacerbate the problem, we will also see an increase in traffic, an increase in drunk driving and our taxes (in a county that already leads the state in high taxes) will go up.
There is also the Environmental Impact on the MISSISSIPPI SANDHILL CRANE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, THE PASCAGOULA RIVER AND OUR WETLANDS, to consider.