Springettsbury Township leaders now want a mini-casino – York Daily Record/Sunday News

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In December, Springettsbury Township supervisors said no to a mini-casino.

But last week, supervisors said they now want to allow a mini-casino in the township of about 27,000 people.

Supervisors voted 4-1 to allow a mini-casino.

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In January, Penn National Gaming bid $50.1 million to win the right to build a mini-casino within 15 miles of Yoe. 

A mini-casino — known as a Category 4 casino — can operate between 300 and 750 slot machines and eventually up to 40 table games, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

There’s no guarantee a mini-casino will come to Springettsbury Township. But there are some factors that could make the township appealing.

It is home to a number of shopping centers, a Target and the York Galleria mall. A stretch of Route 30 runs through it. Part of Interstate 83 goes through it, as well.

And since it’s on the eastern side of York County, it could draw in people from Lancaster County.

As part of a gambling expansion passed in 2017, municipalities had the option to opt out of hosting a mini-casino. Many towns did opt out.

But the law gives them a chance to opt back in. But now that Springettsbury Township has voted to allow a mini-casino, it cannot again vote to opt out of having a mini-casino. 

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