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County, casino near $100 million deal
Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 2:16:41 AM
Sonoma County supervisors are on the verge of a historic accommodation with the huge Indian gaming casino perched in the hills above Geyserville, mulling a proposal that could funnel $100 million in casino revenues to the county over 12 years.
About $75 million is intended to pay for road improvements, emergency response services, law enforcement and other impacts from the casino. An additional $25 million would come from the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo as it collects bed taxes at its proposed hotel.
Although the agreement will be debated Tuesday by county supervisors, details will come as little surprise to them because the county's legal dispute with the River Rock Casino over emergency access, land use and alcohol licensing has been discussed in closed sessions for several months. As part of the deal, the county is to drop its opposition to the River Rock liquor license application.
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