Danville voters may decide to gamble on the future

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Danville voters will decide if they want to allow a Rosie’s Gaming Emporium to open up in the River City. It promises to bring jobs and tax revenue and likely transform the city.

A spokesperson for Rosie’s says it will bring 150-200 jobs with an average salary of $47,000, with benefits.

He also said Vinton gets about $600,000 in tax revenue every year from their local Rosie’s.

All that excites Danville Vice Mayor Lee Vogler.

“The tax revenue side of it is good,” he said. “You look at the numbers that Vinton’s seen already, Richmond, the places that already have them, the numbers have been very good for the localities. And then the number of jobs, again we’re talking about over 100 jobs for our community, and I think it’ll be a great thing, and it’s something that I personally am going to be voting for.”

Some residents are ready to vote yes.

“It’ll bring more jobs here,” said Margaret Banks. “People will be able to come back downtown to the river district and spend a lot more money here in Danville, keep the money here in Danville, Virginia instead of going out of town.”

Others are worried about how increased activity would reshape their town.

“I do sometimes wonder and fear how it might change the whole feel of the sweet town and just quaintness of the town,” said Barbara Hendrick.

A spokesperson for Rosie’s said if voters approve, they expect to open in 2020. They are not ready to announce where in Danville it would go.

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