Thursday, October 11, 2007

We would not reap the same tax benefits that Harrison and Hancock counties do as the Choctaw Indians WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY TAXES.

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.

6 comments:

John Dobbs said...

Excellent letter to the editor today. Great points!

Alasandra said...

Thank you

David French said...

I believe Cheif DEnson has already stated thet they WOULD pay state & local gaming taxes, so at least 1 of us is not paying attention. I also noticed you said nothing about all the people from Jackson county going to the biloxi casinos, and they're are a LOT of them.I,m really not clear on how a county casino would increase drunk driving.Are all those jackson co. people at the biloxi casinos not drinking there, but they would at a Jackson county casino??? David French. P.S. I do not have a blog, but you can contact me at fren57@aol.com

Alasandra said...

Mr. French, Chief Denson has never said anything about paying state & local gaming taxes (Legally the Choctaws can not be taxed). He said they would pay 4% of their revenue as an impact fee, to help pay for the infrastructure.

The MS Supreme Court ruled impact fees on developers in Ocean Springs illegal; therefore legally Chief Denson's Choctaw Casino can not pay impact fees

Yes, quit a few Jackson County residents work at and enjoy the casinos in Harrison & Hancock County (which honestly isn't that far to travel). Those who work in the Harrison & Hancock County casinos will be in danger of losing their jobs to an untaxed, unregulated Choctaw casino. Denson has publicly stated he thinks Choctaws should hold the high paying jobs in a Choctaw casino.

As for the drunk driving issue, do you think the residents of Jackson County will be the only ones visiting the Choctaw Casino? You will be bringing people into our county and encouraging them to drink.

In the right area in Moss Point/Pascagoula on the waterfront a taxed and regulated casino might be an asset to Jackson County. But putting a casino on a major highway right off the interstate that many people use to get to work is asking for a traffic nightmare.

Vote NO to an untaxed, unregulated Choctaw casino and then work to get properly taxed and regulated casinos in Jackson County.

David French said...

Well, i've always said, a man who cannot admit when he is wrong, is not a man. after reading your reply, i must say, i stand corrected, and i agree with your idea of a regulated casino for Jackson co.Thank you for your input. I WILL vote no against this casino.

Alasandra said...

Thank you for letting me know.