The Passamaquoddy tribe in Indian Township wants to build a racino in Washington County. To do this, it needs help from the rest of the state.

Passamaquoddies are asking us to support Question 2 on Nov. 8, which would allow two racinos to be built: one in Biddeford and and another in Washington County, with part of the profits from these facilities going to support specific state and local programs.

There is no question there is a need for economic development that will create jobs and provide a revenue base for Washington County. The state of Maine also needs additional revenues as we slowly try to recover from the worst recession since the great Depression.

Calais has supported the tribe’s effort to establish gaming in Washington County for nearly 20 years. In November 2007, Calais residents and Washington County voted in favor of a harness racing track with slot machines and high-stakes bingo to be located in Calais.

Last November, during the general election with a heavy voter turnout, voters approved the Oxford County Casino referendum. We no longer have to wonder if the people want legalized gambling in the state. That has already been determined.

Washington County needs jobs and the voters can help. Vote for jobs. Vote yes on Question 2.


Diane Barnes

City manager


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