MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County has voiced its opinion on the planned Coquille Tribe casino in Medford and it’s a unanimous “no”.
A big blow being is dealt to the proposed casino at Roxy-Ann Lanes. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners decided against the casino in a unanimous vote. That “nay” vote is being drafted into a letter from the county to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Jackson County is one of several parties making recommendations to the bureau alongside the city of Medford and several local tribes. The Coquille Tribe already purchased Roxy-Ann Lanes and Kim’s Chinese Food as the spot for the casino.
County Commissioner John Rachor says the board was concerned the business plan offered too little in terms of mitigating the effects of gambling, that includes services for gambling addiction and support for local jails.
He also says if the casino does move in, it could open the floodgates for more casinos being proposed in the area. Jackson County does not have final approval, but Rachor says the recommendation will carry a lot of weight.
The Coquille Tribe says they’re undeterred by Jackson County’s decision. They say it’s still very early in the process, and that they wouldn’t have purchased the location if they didn’t have confidence their proposal would pass.
The Medford City Council is scheduled to make their decision on the casino proposal on Thursday. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is also listening to recommendations from the Coquille Tribe and the Cow Creek Tribe.