The band may finally have found a site for its proposed casino after the tribe and Lafayette county officials approved the idea. Over the past year, the tribe's proposal to build a $100 million casino complex was rejected by about a dozen communities including Aswaubenon, Belgium, DePere, Johnson Creek, Port Washington, Sheyboygan and Waukesha. Faced with a tight budget and tax losses, Lafayette County officials agreed Aug. 14 to the proposal which could attract 1,000 jobs and $80 million in subsidies from the tribe. A citizens group in the county is petitioning the governor to order a countywide referendum on the proposal which still needs his approval and that of the BIA. And Brown County officials are negotiating in earnest to become the site of a second band casino. Town clerk Judy Benz said Lawrence could gain 1,000 jobs and split $92.7 million with the county over the next 20 years if the band constructs a $49 million casino complex. Tribal spokesman Dick Matty said the band is intent on building a casino at least twice the size of one on its reservation in Vilas County. It has 753 slot machines and 16 blackjack tables.
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