Lewiston council endorses casino referendum

Posted Oct. 05, 2011, at 4:01 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 05, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — The City Council is throwing its support behind a statewide referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot proposing a casino in Lewiston.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the council by a 5-1 vote endorsed a resolution calling on Maine voters to support Question 3 on the ballot which would allow a casino to be built at a former downtown textile mill.

Backers say they want to build a casino, hotel and conference center in the old Bates Mill building.

City Administrator Edward Barrett told councilors the city could anticipate receiving between roughly $900,000 and $1.8 million in annual revenues from the casino.