Mayor Still Thinks Voters Deserve Casino Referendum

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 16, 2010 at 5:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Mayor Henry is not backing down from a fight to get a casino referendum on the local ballot, and he says he wants to keep paying lobbyists to try and get that accomplished.

For the second straight year, the state legislature failed to approve a casino referendum bill for the city.

The Mayor's Office admits it has spent $90,000 in local income tax revenues to pay casino lobbyists.

Henry believes they continue to provide taxpayers some benefit.

Henry says, “No, I think it's important to gather as much information as we can, so that our citizens can make an intelligent decision, and what I could do is use these consultants to bring back to us, as much information as is possible."

Only one of two lobbying outfits will continue to be paid for work on this issue.

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