By Amaris Elliott-Engel / The Citizen
Friday, February 17, 2006 10:29 AM EST
Public hearings with presentations from the leadership of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma will be scheduled after next week's presentation to the Sennett Town Board by the tribe over their proposed $200 million casino resort complex on Route 34.
“This is the first step in a 3,000-mile journey,” said Sennett Town Supervisor David Sikora.
Sikora is excited about the tribe's “blockbuster” pitch that he has heard includes multiple economic development activities, including ethanol production, besides a gaming resort.
The tribe has also proposed giving up its land claim rights for $1, paying all taxes on the facility, paying 25 percent of slot-machine revenue to the state and paying $5 million for a period of 20 years to be divided between Cayuga County, the city of Auburn, the town of Sennett and the Weedsport Central School District.
But Sikora and other town council members aren't making up their minds until they know the details.
Seneca-Cayuga Chief Paul Spicer and other officials will make the presentation after old business is taken care of at the 7 p.m. meeting at the Sennett Town Hall at 6931 Cherry Street Road.
Sikora recommended that members of the public interested in attending the meeting arrive early, because an overflow crowd will not be allowed in the building.
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