Backers of Maine racino referendum launch ads

Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 2:07 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Backers of a Maine referendum seeking voter approval for racinos in Biddeford and Washington County have launched their first TV and radio ads.

The ads urge people to vote yes on Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot, saying harness racing tracks with slot machines will bring hundreds of good-paying jobs to southern and eastern Maine.

Ocean Properties Ltd. and Scarborough Downs race track are proposing a $120 million development called Biddeford Downs with a track, hotel and entertainment complex. They say jobs will average $35,000 a year with health care and other benefits.

The Washington County racino would be run by the Passamaquoddy Tribe.