The West Memphis’ dog track could turn into a booming casino with sports betting if 15,000 more people step up to support the idea.
That’s the number of signatures needed to get the proposal on the November ballot.
Supporters say legalizing casinos in Arkansas would bring more money into both the state and local economies. However, the state department of finance is concerned there would be a hole in general revenue while two of the new casinos take 18 to 24 months to open.
The group behind the proposal says that’s not the case.
“The idea that there’s a two year basically dead period for these two casino sites, I don’t believe that’s true,” says Alex Gray, the counsel for Driving Arkansas Forward. “What happens is these casinos get up and running so you can be at the casinos then they finish up the hotel part.”
Supporters have until August 24th to collect the signatures.