Council approves casino after heated arguments — Glendale Star

Five years of fighting with the Tohono O’odham Nation over a proposed casino-resort on land purchased at 91st and Northern Avenue came to an end Aug. 12 as Glendale City Council approved a deal to allow the casino to be built.

But not before the city council put on one more show of dissention between councilmembers.

The agreement approved 4-3, with Councilmembers Gary Sherwood, Ian Hugh, Norma Alvarez and Samuel Chavira voting in favor. The deal will pay the City of Glendale a one-time payment of $500,000. The Tohono O’odham Nation will then pay the city $1.4 million per year with a 2-percent increase per year until 2026. After 2026, the payments would drop to $900,000, but would also increase by 2 percent per year for 10 years after that.

The Tohono O’odham Nation will also pay another $100,000 a year to promote Glendale and the West Valley “as a premier destination for business and leisure travelers.”

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