Guest Opinion: Casino will be a win for West Valley and Arizona — Arizona Capitol Times

As elected leaders of multiple West Valley communities, we want to cut through the over-heated rhetoric surrounding the Tohono O’odham Nation’s proposed West Valley Resort casino, which will benefit our region and all of Arizona tremendously.

At various points over the past five years, each of us have had the opportunity to examine the facts. In so doing, we have found that the project represents an enormous economic opportunity for our region. It will create thousands of jobs, spur hundreds of millions of dollars in positive economic impact each year, and have a beneficial impact on the West Valley tax base. There is no doubt this facility will also serve as an anchor, spurring additional investment and development in the region.

For years now we have heard the arguments presented by the opponents of the project, primarily two East Valley tribes concerned with preserving the market share of their casinos. Their claims simply don’t hold up under scrutiny, as demonstrated by over a dozen rulings by courts and federal agencies in favor of the Nation. Objective, knowledgeable parties have reviewed the claims, counterclaims, accusations, and rhetoric, and their unanimous conclusion is the Tohono O’odham Nation has acted truthfully, honorably and legally in every respect.